germ line

noun
|Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of germ line

: the cellular lineage of a sexually reproducing organism from which eggs and sperm are derived; also : the genetic material contained in this cellular lineage which can be passed to the next generation

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First Known Use of germ line

1925

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germ line

noun

medical Definition of germ line

: the cellular lineage especially of a sexually reproducing animal from which eggs and sperm are derived and in which a cell undergoing mutation can be passed to the next generation
  • the difference between gene therapy of somatic cells and modification of the germ line
  • —David Baltimore

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