epidermal growth factor


Definition of epidermal growth factor

: a polypeptide hormone that stimulates cell proliferation

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Recent Examples on the Web Traditional treatments use mutation location To attempt to answer this question, our research team chose to focus on one oncogene in lung cancer, EGFR, or epidermal growth factor receptor. Jacqulyne Robichaux, The Conversation, 25 Oct. 2021 Also recommended is an epidermal growth factor serum (EGFs) such as Herbal Skin Solution’s EGF Cellular Activator. Essence, 2 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 May 2018 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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