biophore

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biophore

[bī′əfôr′]
Etymology: Gk, bios + phora, bearer
according to the German biologist A.F.L. Weismann (1834-1914), the basic hereditary unit contained in the germ plasm from which all living cells develop and all inherited characteristics are transmitted. Compare gemma.

biophore

A term created by the German biologist A. F. L. Weismann (1834 1914); it refers to one or more structures Weismann saw by light microscopy: a mitochondrion discovered in 1894 and an aggregate of chromosomal material, which was linked to heredity in 1902.