Ancient Greek twice + star.
diaster (plural diasters)
- (biology) A double star; applied to the nucleus of a cell, when, during cell division, the loops of the nuclear network separate into two groups, preparatory to the formation of two daughter nuclei.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for diaster in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)