Dictionary > Unipotency


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.

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