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gemmule

 [jem´ūl]
1. a reproductive bud, the immediate product of gemmation.
2. any of the little spinelike processes on the dendrites of a nerve cell.

gem·mule

(jem'yūl),
1. A small bud that projects from the parent cell, and finally becomes detached, forming a cell of a new generation.
2. Synonym(s): dendritic spines
[L. gemmula, dim. of gemma, bud]

gemmule

/gem·mule/ (jem´ūl)
1. a reproductive bud; the immediate product of gemmation.
2. one of the many little spinelike processes on the dendrites of a neuron.

gemmule

(jĕm′yo͞ol)
n.
1. A small gemma or similar structure, especially a reproductive structure in certain sponges that remains dormant for some time and later develops into a new individual.
2. A hypothetical particle in the theory of pangenesis, postulated to be produced by cells and to be responsible for transmitting traits from parent to offspring.

gem′mu·lif′er·ous (jĕm′yo͞o-lĭf′ər-əs) adj.

gemmule

See gemma.

gem·mule

(jem'yūl)
1. A small bud that projects from the parent cell, and finally becomes detached, forming a cell of a new generation.
2. Synonym(s): dendritic spines.
[L. gemmula, dim. of gemma, bud]

gemmule

a bud formed in sponges as an internal group of cells that gives rise to a new sponge after overwintering (in freshwater forms) and the decay of the parent.

gemmule

1. a reproductive bud; the immediate product of gemmation.
2. any of the little spinelike processes on the dendrites of a nerve cell.