fibroblast

noun
fi·​bro·​blast | \ ˈfī-brə-ˌblast How to pronounce fibroblast (audio) , ˈfi- \

Definition of fibroblast

: a connective-tissue cell of mesenchymal origin that secretes proteins and especially molecular collagen from which the extracellular fibrillar matrix of connective tissue forms

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Other Words from fibroblast

fibroblastic \ ˌfī-​brə-​ˈbla-​stik How to pronounce fibroblast (audio) , ˌfi-​ \ adjective

Examples of fibroblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a cell known as a fibroblast, which helps with growth, along with collagen, as a scaffold, researchers printed the epidermis and dermis, the first two layers of skin. Ellen Rosen New York Times, Star Tribune, "3-D printed organs aid vaccine testing," 30 July 2020 The third requirement was for fibroblasts from opposite sides of a wound to find and touch each other. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 The liver, for example, contains five major cell types, including immune cells, blood vessel cells, and fibroblasts. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Impossibly Tiny Organs Could Finally End Animal Testing," 9 Mar. 2020 The real virtuosos in regeneration were cells in skin called fibroblasts and periskeletal cells, which normally surround bone. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Above, a human stem cell colony, which is no more than 1 millimeter wide and comprises thousands of individual stem cells, grows on mouse embryonic fibroblast in a research laboratory in September 2001. Kevin Flower, CNN, "FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinic," 4 June 2019 The wound current calls out to the surrounding tissue, attracting helpers like healing agents, macrophages to mop up the mess, and collagen-weaving repair cells called fibroblasts. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Radio-frequency devices use heat on deeper tissue to activate fibroblasts. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is on the Rise, But the Results Often Don't Live Up to the Hype," 27 Mar. 2019 Histogen converts the fibroblasts by placing them into simulated embryonic conditions, including suspending them in liquid and low oxygen. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fibroblast

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Fibroblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fibroblast. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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fibroblast

noun
fi·​bro·​blast | \ ˈfīb-rə-ˌblast also ˈfib- \

Medical Definition of fibroblast

: a connective-tissue cell of mesenchymal origin that secretes proteins and especially molecular collagen from which the extracellular fibrillar matrix of connective tissue forms

Other Words from fibroblast

fibroblastic \ ˌfīb-​rə-​ˈblas-​tik How to pronounce fibroblast (audio) , ˌfib-​ How to pronounce fibroblast (audio) \ adjective

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