[ jem-yool ]
/ ˈdʒɛm yul /


Botany. gemma.
Zoology. an asexually produced mass of cells that is capable of developing into an animal, as a freshwater sponge.
Evolution. one of the hypothetical living units conceived by Darwin in the theory of pangenesis as the bearers of the hereditary attributes.

Origin of gemmule

1835–45; < French < Latin gemmula. See gemma, -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gemmule

/ (ˈdʒɛmjuːl) /


zoology a cell or mass of cells produced asexually by sponges and developing into a new individual; bud
botany a small gemma
a small hereditary particle postulated by Darwin in his theory of pangenesis

Word Origin for gemmule

C19: from French, from Latin gemmula a little bud; see gem
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Medicine definitions for gemmule

[ jĕmyōōl ]


The small bud that projects from the parent cell during gemmation.
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Science definitions for gemmule

[ jĕmyōōl ]

A small gemma or similar structure, especially a reproductive structure in some sponges that remains dormant through the winter and later develops into a new individual.
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