to·tip·o·ten·cy (tō-tĭpʹə-tən-sē, tō'tĭ-pōtʹn-sē) also to·tip·o·tence (tō-tĭpʹə-təns, tō'tĭ-pōtʹns) n. pl. to·tip·o·ten·cies, also to·tip·o·ten·ces
The ability of a cell, such as an egg, to give rise to unlike cells and thus to develop into or generate a new organism or part.
  [Latin tōtus, whole; see total + potency.]   to·tipʹo·tent adj.

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