epidermal growth factor


: a polypeptide hormone that stimulates cell proliferation

Examples of epidermal growth factor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Air pollution may also lead to genetic changes such that Asian patients have some of the highest rates of the cancer-causing epidermal growth factor receptor mutation, which leads healthy cells to divide uncontrollably and grow into tumors. Simar Bajaj, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 Similarly, ReVive founder Gregory Brown, MD, says that in his position as a plastic surgeon, wound repair was consistently slow, but human peptides—synthetic epidermal growth factor, specifically—would help to speed up the process. Ali Finney, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2024 This group includes triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) patients. Jon Hu, Forbes, 4 May 2023 In one experiment, the team was able to make the nanosyringes with altered tail fibers stick to an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) that sits on the surface of some human cancer cells. Ingrid Wickelgren, Scientific American, 29 Mar. 2023 One successful collaboration between the U.S. and China cited by Li as an example is in treating EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) mutations that are present in about 20% of lung cancers yet disproportionately strike Asian women who don’t even smoke. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 But in both cases, the difference in levels of EGF (epidermal growth factor) was almost as strong: p=0.0003 and p less than 0.0001, respectively. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2012 HER2-positive breast cancer is a breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Ariel Nagi, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 These hydrogel masks are packed with the one-two hydrating punch of hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which help create the perfect environment for the brand's signature anti-aging ingredient, epidermal growth factor (EGF). Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of epidermal growth factor was in 1966

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“Epidermal growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidermal%20growth%20factor. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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