totipotency

totipotent

[toh-tip-uh-tuhnt]
adjective Biology.
(of a cell or part) having the potential for developing in various specialized ways in response to external or internal stimuli.

Origin:
1895–1900; toti- + potent

totipotency, noun
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totipotent (təʊˈtɪpətənt)
 
adj
(of an animal cell) capable of differentiation and so forming a new individual, tissue, organ, etc
 
[C20: from Latin tōtus entire + potent1]
 
to'tipotency
 
n

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totipotency to·tip·o·ten·cy (tō-tĭp'ə-tən-sē, tō'tĭ-pōt'n-sē) or to·tip·o·tence (tō-tĭp'ə-təns, tō'tĭ-pōt'ns)
n.
The ability of a cell, such as an egg, to give rise to unlike cells and to develop into or generate a new organism or part.


to·tip'o·tent adj.
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totipotency definition


The ability of cells such as an embryonic stem cell to differentiate into any type of body cell. Plant cells are also totipotent, which helps to explain why a graft of a plant can generate a whole new individual out of just a small branch cutting.

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