ameloblast

noun

am·​e·​lo·​blast ˈa-mə-lō-ˌblast How to pronounce ameloblast (audio)
: one of a group of columnar epithelial cells that produce and deposit enamel on the surface of a developing vertebrate tooth

Word History

Etymology

obsolete amel enamel (Middle English, ultimately from Old French esmail) + -o- + -blast — more at enamel

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ameloblast was in 1878

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“Ameloblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ameloblast. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

ameloblast

noun
am·​e·​lo·​blast ˈam-ə-lō-ˌblast How to pronounce ameloblast (audio)
: any of a group of columnar epithelial cells that produce and deposit enamel on the surface of a developing vertebrate tooth
ameloblastic adjective
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