colony-stimulating factor

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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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The virus, called T-VEC, produces a substance called granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Metastatic melanoma patients dramatically respond to combo cancer therapy," 7 Sep. 2017

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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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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