Definition of unipotent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌjuːnɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt/


1 Mathematics (Of a subgroup) having only one idempotent element.
Example sentences
  • We concentrate particularly on the maximal unipotent subgroup of a split reductive group and show how this improves computation in the reductive group itself.
2 Biology (Of an immature or stem cell) capable of giving rise to only one cell type.
Example sentences
  • But the researchers didn't know if hair and skin arose from one master cell - a ‘multipotent’ stem cell that can morph into a number of tissue types - or from two populations of ‘unipotent’ stem cells that are destined to be a single tissue.
  • The same rank order of sensitivity is also found with regard to unipotent progenitors of granulocytes and macrophages and with regard to early and late erythroid progenitors.

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