|a mass of protoplasm found in most cells, directing their growth, metabolism, reproduction, and functioning in the transmission of genic characters|
|reproduction in which the offspring resemble the parents and undergo the same cycle of development|
|1.||the act of involving or complicating or the state of being involved or complicated|
|2.||something involved or complicated|
|3.||zoology degeneration or structural deformation|
|4.||biology an involute formation or structure|
|5.||physiol reduction in size of an organ or part, as of the uterus following childbirth or as a result of ageing|
|6.||Compare evolution an algebraic operation in which a number, variable, expression etc, is raised to a specified power|
|7.||grammar an involved construction, such as one in which the subject is separated from the predicate by an additional clause|
involution in·vo·lu·tion (ĭn'və-l&oomacr;'shən)
A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
A progressive decline or degeneration of normal physiological functioning occurring as a result of the aging process. Also called catagenesis.
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