from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any cell of a multicellular organism other than a germ cell.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cell that takes part in the formation of the soma or body, as distinguished from a germ-cell. See somal .

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun cytology Any normal cell of an organism that is not involved in reproduction; a cell that is not on the germline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes


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