[ toh-tip-uh-tuh nt ]
/ toʊˈtɪp ə tənt /
(of a cell or part) having the potential for developing in various specialized ways in response to external or internal stimuli.
This Word Of The Day Quiz Is Far From Thersitical
Have you mastered the meaning of phronesis? How about plethoric? Take the quiz on the words from the week of February 17 to 23 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Words nearby totipotent
OTHER WORDS FROM totipotentto·tip·o·ten·cy, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for totipotency
/ (təʊˈtɪpətənt) /
(of an animal cell) capable of differentiation and so forming a new individual, tissue, organ, etc
Derived forms of totipotenttotipotency, noun
Word Origin for totipotent
C20: from Latin tōtus entire + potent 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for totipotency
[ tō-tĭp′ə-tən-sē, tō′tĭ-pōt′n-sē ]
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.
Other words from totipotencyto•tip′o•tent adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cultural definitions for totipotency
The ability of cells such as an embryonic stem cell to differentiate into any type of body cell. Plant cells are also totipotent, which helps to explain why a graft of a plant can generate a whole new individual out of just a small branch cutting.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.