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pangenesis

[pan-jen-uh-sis]
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noun Biology.
  1. the theory that a reproductive cell contains gemmules or invisible germs that were derived from the individual cells from every part of the organism and that these gemmules are the bearers of hereditary attributes.
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Origin of pangenesis

1868; pan- + genesis; term introduced by Charles Darwin
Related formspan·ge·net·ic [pan-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæn dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectivepan·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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pangenesis

noun
  1. a former theory of heredity, that each body cell produces hereditary particles that circulate in the blood before collecting in the reproductive cellsSee also blastogenesis (def. 1)
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Derived Formspangenetic (ˌpændʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepangenetically, adverb
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