My physiology book says that cell specialization is so great that no cell in the body could be called a typical cell.

I don't understand the above sentence, why couldn't there be typical cells? After mitosis don't we get two typical cells? Or what is meant by the sentence??

Thanks in advance!

  • $\begingroup$ Its because there are different kinds of cells in our body for example a neuron can't represent different types of cells found in our body like goblet cells etc., just like F1 car can't be representative of all cars. I presume that the word typical is in the context of human body. $\endgroup$
    – JM97
    Nov 4 '17 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about language, not Biology. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Nov 5 '17 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ It is about biological terminology which is relevant. Asmaa in this case a "typical cell" would be a cell that represents all cells in the body equally well, like an average of all cells in the body.. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Nov 19 '17 at 1:49

Typical here means representative of the whole.

from the google dictionary

typ·i·cal ˈtipik(ə)l/Submit adjective having the distinctive qualities of a particular type of person or thing. "a typical day" synonyms: representative, classic, quintessential, archetypal, model, prototypical, stereotypical, paradigmatic;

There is such a variety of cells in the body no one is really typical. Like a typical human. Who would that be? Me? Chinese lady? Indian kid? There are many of us and a lot of variety. Maybe you could say "typical older Scotsman" or "typical arrogant Stack Question answerer". You could definitely say "typical liver cell"; narrowing down the zone limits the variety possible and lets you more accurately characterize a call as prototypical or representative.


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