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totipotent Syllabification: to·tip·o·tent
Pronunciation: /tōˈtipədənt/

Definition of totipotent in English:


(Of an immature or stem cell) capable of giving rise to any cell type or (of a blastomere) a complete embryo.
Example sentences
  • For the first few divisions, up to at least the 8-cell stage, all the cells of the tiny embryo are totipotent stem cells.
  • Here, human or mouse embryonic stem cells, in vitro representatives of the totipotent inner cell mass blastomeres, are placed into culture.
  • What he showed next were a series of experiments in which they pushed cultured, totipotent mouse embryonic stem cells to desired neural fates using the various factors he had identified as significant in vivo.


Early 20th century: from Latin totus 'whole' + potent1.

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