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A theory of heredity proposed by Charles Darwin in which gemmules containing hereditary information from every part of the body coalesce in the gonads and are incorporated into the reproductive cells.

pan′ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.
pan′ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.
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If the seed is derived from the fabric of the body, as in pangenetic theories, this weakness makes sense, but if the gone is menses in some form it is difficult to see how the loss of it could weaken a woman.