The capability of a cell to self-renew but gives rise to only one type of cell or tissue.
In humans, unipotency is exhibited by skin cells that are capable of self-renewal but they develop into only one cell type.
Word origin: Latin ūni-, combination form of ūnus, one + –potence » from Latin potentia, power, capacity.
Related forms: unipotent (adjective).
Compare: multipotency, pluripotency, totipotency.
See also: potency.