growth factor

noun

Definition of growth factor

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

Examples of growth factor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conaghan investigates new drugs for arthritis, including a growth factor called sprifermin that appears to slow the loss of cartilage in some patients. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 1 June 2022 The growth factor outperformed value today as all sectors were positive, less discretionary dragged down by Alibaba HK. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Vascular endothelial growth factor markers were also higher in these people, with some measures specific to people who experienced cognitive changes soon after being infected. ABC News, 4 Apr. 2022 Her first finding regarding osteocyte communication with other organs, reported in 2006, was that the cells make a growth factor called FGF23. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 Peloton revenues remain a substantial growth factor While margins and profits have been a challenge, revenues have doubled or more than doubled year over year since 2018. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The microbes released molecules called short-chain fatty acids that caused the liver and fat cells to make more of a growth factor called IGF-1, which promoted bone growth. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 The cells feed on a complex broth that contains nutrients like carbohydrates and amino acids, and some type of growth factor, to become muscle, fat or connective tissue. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 That mRNA is engineered to stimulate production of a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor A, which promotes the formation of new blood vessels. Brent Rose, Wired, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of growth factor

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growth%20factor. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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growth factor

noun

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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