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.

Origin of totipotent

First recorded in 1895–1900; toti- + potent1

Related forms

to·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 Forms

totipotency, noun

Word Origin for totipotent

C20: from Latin tōtus entire + potent 1
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