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- adj. Having the ability to germinate
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of germinating or proliferating; viable.
- The doctrine that the fertilized egg, when it begins its development, soon divides into a somatic portion (destined to produce the cells of the body, which are supposed to be out of the line of descent to later generations and unable to produce germ-cells) and a germinal portion which gives rise to cells, some of which, sooner or later, give rise to the sexual cells in the body of the organism which arises from the egg, so that inheritance is always from germ-cell to germ-cell, without the intervention of somatic cells. See somatic cell, germ-cell.
- The doctrine that the line of connection between the fertilized egg and the germ-cells of the organism that is produced from the egg is not through the continuity of tells, but through continuity of the hereditary substance or germ-plasm which is transmitted from the egg along certain lines of somatic cells, or germinal paths, to the place or places where the reproductive organs or germ-cells of the new organism are to be formed. According to this opinion the somatic cells are, as such, out of line of descent to future generations, and the germ-plasm which some of them are supposed to contain and transmit is of the nature of a foreign body. See substance of heredity, germ-plasm.
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