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Unipotent

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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