Any cell of a living organism other than the reproductive cells.
- In sexual reproduction a diploid somatic cell, the megaspore mother cell, undergoes meiosis to produce four reduced megaspores.
- At the present time, gene-transfer studies are limited to somatic cells; germ cell lines and progeny are not affected.
- In sexually reproducing organisms, a fundamental distinction is between germ cells and somatic cells.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: som|at¦ic cell
Definition of somatic cell in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.