gemmule

noun
gem·​mule | \ ˈjem-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce gemmule (audio) \

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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The first known use of gemmule was circa 1828

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“Gemmule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gemmule. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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gemmule

noun
gem·​mule | \ ˈjem-(ˌ)yü(ə)l How to pronounce gemmule (audio) \

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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