blastema

noun
blas·​te·​ma | \ bla-ˈstē-mə How to pronounce blastema (audio) \
plural blastemas or blastemata\ bla-​ˈstē-​mə-​tə How to pronounce blastema (audio) \

Definition of blastema

: a mass of undifferentiated cells capable of growth and differentiation

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from blastema

blastemal \ bla-​ˈstē-​məl How to pronounce blastema (audio) \ or blastematic \ ˌbla-​stə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce blastema (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blastema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to that cocktail, in 25 animals the tissue created a blastema — no nerve necessary. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2020 What determines which cells migrate into a blastema, and which stay put? Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2020 The first phase of the Pentagon’s plan to regrow soldiers’ limbs is complete; scientists managed to turn human skin into the equivalent of a blastema — a mass of undifferentiated cells that can develop into new body parts. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, 25 Mar. 2009

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blastema.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of blastema

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blastema

borrowed from Greek blástēma "shoot, offshoot," from blastē-, variant stem of blastánein, aorist blasteîn "to bud, sprout, grow" + -ma, resultative noun suffix — more at -blast

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About blastema

Time Traveler for blastema

Time Traveler

The first known use of blastema was circa 1823

See more words from the same year

Statistics for blastema

Cite this Entry

“Blastema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blastema. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for blastema

blastema

noun
blas·​te·​ma | \ bla-ˈstē-mə How to pronounce blastema (audio) \
plural blastemas also blastemata\ -​mət-​ə How to pronounce blastema (audio) \

Medical Definition of blastema

: a mass of living substance capable of growth and differentiation

Other Words from blastema

blastematic \ ˌblas-​tə-​ˈmat-​ik How to pronounce blastema (audio) \ or blastemic \ bla-​ˈstē-​mik How to pronounce blastema (audio) , -​ˈstem-​ik How to pronounce blastema (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on blastema

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about blastema

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!