totipotency[tō-tĭpˈə-tən-sē, tōˌtĭ-pōtˈn-sē] also to·tip·o·tence [tō-tĭpˈə-təns, tōˌtĭ-pōtˈns]
also to·tip·o·tencenoun pl. to·tip·o·ten·cies also to·tip·o·ten·ces
Origin: Latin tōtus, whole; see total + potency.
- to·tipˈo·tent adjective
totipotency - Cultural Definition
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.
totipotency - Medical Definition
- totipotent adjective
Variant of totipotent
Origin: toti- plush potent
- totipotency noun
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