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somatic cell

noun, Cell Biology
one of the cells that take part in the formation of the body, becoming differentiated into the various tissues, organs, etc.
any cell other than a germ cell.
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Examples from the web for somatic cells
  • Normally mutations that occur in somatic cells affect only that cell and its descendants which are ultimately dispensable.
  • Knowing that telomeres shortened each time a cell divided, he speculated that somatic cells might not make telomerase.
  • Mouse somatic cells, unlike human ones, express some amount of telomerase.
British Dictionary definitions for somatic cells

somatic cell

any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells Compare germ cell
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somatic cells in Medicine

somatic cell n.
Any cell of a plant or an animal other than a germ cell.

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Encyclopedia Article for somatic cells

somatic cell

in biology, all the living matter of an animal or a plant except the reproductive, or germ, cells. The distinction between the soma and the germ cells was propounded by the 19th-century German biologist August Weismann in the "germ plasm" theory that emphasized the role of the immortal, heredity-carrying genes and chromosomes, which are transmitted through successive generations of each species and determine the character of each individual in the propagative chain

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