protogalaxy


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protogalaxy

(proh-toh-gal -ăks-ee) An inhomogeneous gas cloud in the early stages of evolution into a galaxy. See galaxies, formation and evolution.

protogalaxy

[‚prōd·ō′gal·ik·sē]
(astronomy)
A clump of matter in an early stage of galaxy formation in which the matter has started to collapse under its own gravity to form a galaxy.
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