os·​te·​o·​blast | \ ˈä-stē-ə-ˌblast How to pronounce osteoblast (audio) \

Definition of osteoblast

: a bone-forming cell

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Other Words from osteoblast

osteoblastic \ ˌä-​stē-​ə-​ˈbla-​stik How to pronounce osteoblastic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of osteoblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The material then serves as 3D scaffolds for osteoblasts, or bone cells. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Are Using Eggshells to Grow New Bone," 18 July 2019 The second, osteoblasts, create the matrices that bones form around, Byrne reports. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Fish Don’t Do So Well in Space," 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of osteoblast

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Osteoblast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteoblast. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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os·​teo·​blast | \ ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌblast How to pronounce osteoblast (audio) \

Medical Definition of osteoblast

: a bone-forming cell

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