totipotent

[ toh-tip-uh-tuh nt ]
/ toʊˈtɪp ə tənt /

adjective Biology.

(of a cell or part) having the potential for developing in various specialized ways in response to external or internal stimuli.

Nearby words

  1. totidem verbis,
  2. toting,
  3. totipalmate,
  4. totipalmation,
  5. totipotency,
  6. totis viribus,
  7. totleben,
  8. toto,
  9. toto caelo,
  10. totowa

Origin of totipotent

First recorded in 1895–1900; toti- + potent1

Related formsto·tip·o·ten·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for totipotent

totipotent

/ (təʊˈtɪpətənt) /

adjective

(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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Word Origin and History for totipotent

totipotent

adj.

1896, from Latin toti-, comb. form of totus "whole" (see total (adj.)) + potent. Perhaps immediately from German totipotent, which is attested by 1893. Related: Totipotency.

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