gemmule

noun
gem·mule | \ˈjem-(ˌ)yül \

Definition of gemmule 

: 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

First Known Use of gemmule

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gemmule

French, from Latin gemmula, diminutive of gemma

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gemmule

noun
gem·mule | \ˈjem-(ˌ)yü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of gemmule 

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 : a minute thorny process of a nerve-cell dendrite

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