Meaning of gemmule

gem•mule

Pronunciation: ( jem'yl), [key]
— n.
  1. gemma.
  2. an asexually produced mass of cells that is capable of developing into an animal, as a freshwater sponge.
  3. one of the hypothetical living units conceived by Darwin in the theory of pangenesis as the bearers of the hereditary attributes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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