Definition of somatic cell in English:

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somatic cell

noun

Biology
Any cell of a living organism other than the reproductive cells.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: so·mat·ic cell

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