[ 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.
Related formsto·tip·o·ten·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for totipotency
/ (təʊˈtɪpətənt) /
(of an animal cell) capable of differentiation and so forming a new individual, tissue, organ, etc
Derived Formstotipotency, noun
Word Origin for totipotent
C20: from Latin tōtus entire + potent 1
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Medicine 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.
Related formsto•tip′o•tent adj.
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Culture 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.
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