Somatic cell

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  • a cell that is not destined to be a gamete; any cell that does not contribute its genes to future generations; a “body cell”
    Source: Jenkins, John B. 1990. Human Genetics, 2nd Edition. New York: Harper & Row
  • Any nongerm cell that composes the body of an organism and which possesses a set of multiploid chromosomes (diploid in most organisms).
  • Any of the body cells except the reproductive (germ) cells.


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