pluripotency

noun
plu·​ri·​po·​ten·​cy | \ ˌplu̇r-ə-ˈpō-tᵊn-sē How to pronounce pluripotency (audio) \

Definition of pluripotency

: the property or state of being pluripotent Just like embryonic stem cells, these reprogrammed cells seemed capable of becoming any of the 200-plus cell types in the human body, an ability called pluripotency— Patrick Barry pluripotency has long been the elusive core of germinal development that, if properly controlled, could lead to organ and tissue regeneration in humans.— Kitchener D. Wilson and Joseph C. Wu

Examples of pluripotency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While pluripotency is an amazing attribute of cellular biology, studies have also found that inducing a transformation from that be-anything state can increase the chances of a malignant mutation that causes a cancerous tumor to form. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2022

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First Known Use of pluripotency

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Pluripotency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pluripotency. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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pluripotency

noun
plu·​ri·​po·​ten·​cy | \ ˌplu̇r-ə-ˈpōt-ᵊn-sē How to pronounce pluripotency (audio) \
plural pluripotencies

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