growth factor

noun

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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Unless each one is a growth factor-rich, incredibly-soothing facial by the aesthetician who keeps Julianne Moore, Karlie Kloss, and Naomi Watts looking like a million bucks. Jessica Chia, Allure, "11 Genius Mother's Day Gifts You Can ACTUALLY Afford," 27 Apr. 2018 The barley plant has similar characteristics to human growth factors. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "A Celebrity Dermatologist’s Science-Based Skin-Care Routine," 12 July 2018 The cells revert to a partially embryonic state, which causes them to emit the growth factors. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 First up: iS Clinical Super Serum Advance Plus ($148; dermstore.com), which is laced with anti-aging superstars vitamin C, a copper tripeptide growth factor, hyaluronic acid, and amino acids. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "These Are the Beauty Products January Jones Uses Every Single Day," 14 June 2018 The growth factors in this drug specifically affected growth in the animals' brains, and this is significant as the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are shown to display growth impairment, a statement on the study reported. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "Diabetes Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice; Reduces Brain Plaque Buildup and Improves Memory," 1 Jan. 2018 These stem cells exude substances called growth factors. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hair regrowth treatment now being tested in women by La Jolla's Histogen," 12 July 2018 The loss of insulin's growth factor effects in the brain appear to make neurons vulnerable to stress and reduce the brain's ability to repair damage that accumulates over time. Christian Holscher, CNN, "New approach to Alzheimer's fight: Diabetes drugs," 15 June 2018 When looking at brain tissue taken from deceased Alzheimer's patients, researchers found that insulin lost its effectiveness as a growth factor, even in people who were not diabetic. Christian Holscher, CNN, "New approach to Alzheimer's fight: Diabetes drugs," 15 June 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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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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