- 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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- 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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