Meaning of pangenesis

pan•gen•e•sis

Pronunciation: (pan-jen'u-sis), [key]
— n. Biol.
  1. the theory that a reproductive cell contains gemmules or invisible germs that were derived from the individual cells from every part of the organism and that these gemmules are the bearers of hereditary attributes.
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