colony-stimulating factor

noun col·o·ny-stim·u·lat·ing factor \ ˈkä-lə-nē-ˈstim-yə-ˈlā-tiŋ \

Definition of colony-stimulating factor

: any of several glycoproteins that promote the differentiation of stem cells especially into blood granulocytes and macrophages and that stimulate their proliferation into colonies in culture

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First Known Use of colony-stimulating factor

1969


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colony-stimulating factor

noun col·o·ny-stim·u·lat·ing factor \ -ˌstim-yə-ˌlāt-iŋ- \

medical Definition of colony-stimulating factor

: any of several glycoproteins that promote the differentiation of stem cells especially into blood granulocytes and macrophages and that stimulate their proliferation into colonies in culture — see granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, interleukin-3, macrophage colony-stimulating factor

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