Unipotent

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Definition

adjective

Having the ability to self-renew but differentiate into only one type of cell or tissue.


Supplement

An example of unipotent cell is a skin cell, which is capable of self-renewal but differentiates to only one cell fate.


Word origin: Latin ūni-, combination form of ūnus, one + - potent, have power, to be able.
Related forms: unipotency (noun).

Compare: multipotent, pluripotent, totipotent.
See also: potent.

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