fibroblast growth factor

noun

: any of several protein growth factors that stimulate the proliferation especially of endothelial cells and that promote angiogenesis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In bladder cancer, which is diagnosed in more than half a million patients each year4, noninvasive malignancies that sit on the inner surface of the organ often express mutations of the gene for fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). Scientific American, 16 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fibroblast growth factor was in 1974

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“Fibroblast growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fibroblast%20growth%20factor. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

fibroblast growth factor

noun
: any of several protein growth factors that stimulate the proliferation especially of endothelial cells and that promote angiogenesis
abbreviation FGF
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