ameloblast

noun
am·​e·​lo·​blast | \ ˈa-mə-lō-ˌblast How to pronounce ameloblast (audio) \

Definition of ameloblast

: one of a group of columnar epithelial cells that produce and deposit enamel on the surface of a developing vertebrate tooth

First Known Use of ameloblast

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ameloblast

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

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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ameloblast

noun
am·​e·​lo·​blast | \ ˈam-ə-lō-ˌblast How to pronounce ameloblast (audio) \

Medical Definition of ameloblast

: any of a group of columnar epithelial cells that produce and deposit enamel on the surface of a developing vertebrate tooth

Other Words from ameloblast

ameloblastic \ ˌam-​ə-​lō-​ˈblas-​tik How to pronounce ameloblast (audio) \ adjective

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