growth factor


Definition of growth factor

: a substance (such as a vitamin B12 or an interleukin) that promotes growth and especially cellular growth

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Recent Examples on the Web The barley plants are genetically engineered to produce growth factor proteins, which are used in high-end cosmetics. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "When wildfires threaten your home," 9 Sep. 2020 And having fewer people out of work helps spur that growth factor, Waco economist Ray Perryman said. Dallas News, "D-FW’s job losses are huge, but they’re only half as bad as the rest of the country," 7 July 2020 The team then grew brain organoids — 3D blobs of brain tissue just a few millimeters wide and only just visible to the naked eye — from these cells by nurturing them in a petri dish with a growth factor. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Scientists have grown mini brains containing Neanderthal DNA," 18 June 2020 One side contains a growth factor serum that restores plumpness and diminishes fine lines, while the other side features a serum chock full of antioxidants to even skin tone and smooth skin texture. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "Best anti-aging creams, serums and more, according to experts," 17 June 2020 The indictment says Medivet’s SGF-1000 contains growth factors that are intended to promote tissue repair and increase a horse’s stamina and endurance beyond its natural ability. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky man sold dangerous performance-enhancing drug for racehorses, indictment states," 9 Mar. 2020 In their 2019 study in Developmental Biology, McCusker and colleagues — guided by earlier work by a Japanese team — used two growth factors, called BMP and FGF, to fulfill that step in salamanders lacking a nerve in the right place. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 Their joint research led to the discovery of growth factors, or agents that stimulate cell growth and differentiation. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Stanley Cohen, Nobel Winner, Identified Agents Spurring Growth of Cells," 14 Feb. 2020 To the team’s surprise, the snake stem cells responded to the same growth factors that work on human and mouse cells. Erin Malsbury, Science | AAAS, "Tiny organs grown from snake glands produce real venom," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of growth factor

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Growth factor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of growth factor

: a substance (as a vitamin B12 or an interleukin) that promotes growth and especially cellular growth

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