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gemmule

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noun gem·mule \ˈjem-(ˌ)yül\

Definition of gemmule

  1. :  a small bud: a :  a theoretical particle proposed in the theory of pangenesis that is shed by a somatic cell and contains all the information necessary to reproduce that cell type (as in an offspring) b :  a reproductive bud produced by freshwater and some marine sponges that consists of a usually hardened aggregate of cells



Origin and Etymology of gemmule

French, from Latin gemmula, diminutive of gemma


First Known Use: circa 1828


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gemmule

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noun gem·mule \ˈjem-(ˌ)yü(ə)l\

Medical Definition of gemmule

  1. 1:  a theoretical particle in the theory of pangenesis that is shed by a somatic cell and contains all the information necessary to reproduce that cell type (as in an offspring)

  2. 2:  a minute thorny process of a nerve-cell dendrite




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