totipotency, totipotence

totipotency, totipotence
The ability of a cell to differentiate into any type of cell and thus form a new organism or regenerate any part of an organism; e.g., a fertilized ovum, or a small excised portion of a Planaria, which is capable of regenerating a complete new organism. [L. totus, entire, + potentia, power]

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  • totipotency — noun the ability of a cell to give rise to unlike cells and so to develop a new organism or part animal cells lose their totipotency at an early stage in embryonic development • Syn: ↑totipotence • Derivationally related forms: ↑totipotent (for:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • totipotence — noun the ability of a cell to give rise to unlike cells and so to develop a new organism or part animal cells lose their totipotency at an early stage in embryonic development • Syn: ↑totipotency • Derivationally related forms: ↑totipotent,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • totipotence — noun Totipotency …   Wiktionary

  • totipotent — adjective having the ability to give rise to unlike cells embryonic stem cells are totipotent • Pertains to noun: ↑totipotency • Derivationally related forms: ↑totipotency, ↑totipotence • Topics: ↑cell …   Useful english dictionary

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