somatic mutation


a mutation occurring in a somatic cell, resulting in a change in the morphology or some other aspect of one part of an organism (usually a plant). It may be maintained by vegetative propagation but not by sexual reproduction

Nearby words

  1. somatic cell nuclear transfer,
  2. somatic death,
  3. somatic delusion,
  4. somatic motor neuron,
  5. somatic motor nucleus,
  6. somatic mutation theory of cancer,
  7. somatic nerve,
  8. somatic nervous system,
  9. somatic reproduction,
  10. somatic sensory cortex

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Medicine definitions for somatic mutation

somatic mutation


Mutation occurring in the somatic cells as opposed to the germ cells.

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