epidermal growth factor


Definition of epidermal growth factor

: a polypeptide hormone that stimulates cell proliferation

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Recent Examples on the Web Triple-negative breast cancer is breast cancer that is negative for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and human epidermal growth factor 2 receptor. Ayana Byrd, Health.com, "Women of Color Die of Cancer at Higher Rates Than White Women—Here's What Experts Say We Should Do About It," 23 Apr. 2021 These are tumors that do not carry receptors for estrogen, progesterone, or human epidermal growth factor, typically targeted by such drugs as Herceptin or tamoxifen. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Immunomedics wins FDA approval for new drug to treat aggressive form of breast cancer," 22 Apr. 2020 HER2-positive breast cancer, which makes up approximately one-fifth of breast cancers, has too much of a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes the growth of cancer cells. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "FDA approves new drug for patients with metastatic breast cancer," 17 Apr. 2020 These three receptors doctors check are for the hormones estrogen and progesterone, plus a protein called human epidermal growth factor—which is more commonly known as HER2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jessica Migala, Health.com, "Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Oct. 2019 Both the Icelandic import Bioeffect and dermatologist Ronald Moy’s DNA Renewal line use a human-like epidermal growth factor (EGF) that’s made in bioengineered barley seeds. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Bullock explains that through a microneedling technique, the facial boosts collagen by enabling serums, including an epidermal growth factor (or EGF) serum to seep deeper into the skin. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "We Tried It: The $650 'Penis Facial' That Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett Swear By," 17 May 2018 The crux of the treatment is a fluid containing EGF or epidermal growth factor (FDA-approved), obtained from the progenitor cells of human fibroblasts from Korean newborn baby foreskin. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Epidermal growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidermal%20growth%20factor. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of epidermal growth factor

: a polypeptide hormone that stimulates cell proliferation especially of epithelial cells by binding to receptor proteins on the cell surface abbreviation EGF

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