totipotentiality, totipotency

totipotentiality, totipotency

The ability of a cell to differentiate to form any kind of fully differentiated body cell. In stem cell research totipotentiality is taken to be a property of the cells of the embryo, the zygote and the immediate descendants of the first two cell divisions. Compare PLURIPOTENTIALITY and UNIPOTENTIALITY.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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