The ability of a living system to perform all the critical subsystems processes needed for life.
This concept has been introduced by J.G. MILLER (1978, p.18). MILLER makes however a subtle distinction: Only mature systems are totipotencial; in their growth period, their reproducer is not yet operative.
MILLER (Ibid, p.302 for instance) seems however sometimes to use the concept with the meaning of totipotency (see above).
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