# Parent

Robert P. Munafo, 2012 Apr 16.

Used to describe a mu-atom in reference to each of the smaller mu-atoms that it binds to (touches): The mu-atom is called the "parent" of all of the smaller mu-atoms (which are called children). All "circular" mu-atoms have parents, but the "cardiod" shaped mu-atoms (called seeds) do not.

Examples:

*various mu-atoms*

In the figure, the large cardioid R2a (the continent seed) is the parent of the mu-atoms R2.5/12a, R2.2/5a, R2.5/13a, R2.3/8a, R2.4/11a, and R2.1/3a. Furthermore, R2.2/5a is the parent of the smaller R2.2/5.1/2a, and R2.1/3a is the parent of the three small mu-atoms R2.1/3.2/3a, R2.1/3.1/2a and R2.1/3.1/3a.

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From the Mandelbrot Set Glossary and Encyclopedia, by Robert Munafo, (c) 1987-2023.

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