- (of a cell or part) having the potential for developing in various specialized ways in response to external or internal stimuli.
Origin of totipotent
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- (of an animal cell) capable of differentiation and so forming a new individual, tissue, organ, etc
C20: from Latin tōtus entire + potent 1
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Word Origin and History for totipotency
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- 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.
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