gemmule

noun

gem·​mule ˈjem-(ˌ)yül How to pronounce gemmule (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

French, from Latin gemmula, diminutive of gemma

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gemmule was circa 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Gemmule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gemmule. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

gemmule

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