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somatic cell

noun, Cell Biology
1.
one of the cells that take part in the formation of the body, becoming differentiated into the various tissues, organs, etc.
2.
any cell other than a germ cell.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • In nuclear transplantation cloning, the nucleus is removed from an egg and replaced with the diploid nucleus of a somatic cell.
British Dictionary definitions for somatic cell

somatic cell

noun
1.
any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells Compare germ cell
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somatic cell 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 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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