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Definition of pluripotent

: not fixed as to developmental potentialities especially : capable of differentiating into one of many cell types pluripotent stem cells

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Recent Examples on the Web The tissues researchers generate from pluripotent stem cells can provide a unique source for personalized medicine from transplantation to novel drug discovery. Mo Ebrahimkhani, The Conversation, "Genetic engineering transformed stem cells into working mini-livers that extended the life of mice with liver disease," 7 Dec. 2020 The same has been true of TSC-like cells created from cultured embryonic stem (ES) cells and from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells—mature cells reprogrammed to an ESlike state. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Stem cells offer new glimpse at how the placenta emerges—and how the fetus-sustaining organ can fail," 30 Sep. 2020 The others came from pluripotent stem cells derived from Huntington’s patients, through a Nobel-winning technique that reverts ordinary skin or other adult cells back to an embryonic state. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "Research Using Brains-in-a-Dish Forces a Radical Rethinking of Huntington’s Disease," 10 Dec. 2019 Like transplanting embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos, transplanting induced pluripotent stem cells into a patient should avoid triggering his or her immune system. Henry T. Greely, STAT, "Human reproductive cloning: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time," 21 Feb. 2020 Terskikh, for his part, is working on regenerating hair from scratch using things like pluripotent stem cells. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020 In the study, published Thursday in Science, Paşca’s team coaxed human induced pluripotent stem cells into 3-D cultures mimicking the earliest stage of two parts of the forebrain. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Organoids” Reveal How Human Forebrain Develops," 24 Jan. 2020 This is a limitation of embryonic stem cells and their act-alike invention, induced pluripotent stem cells. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artificial embryos draw closer with Salk Institute work in mice," 18 Oct. 2019 These include developing tools for testing potential drugs' toxicity and efficacy, including tissue chips, 3D bioprinted organs, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Seven years later, NIH center that aims to speed drugs to market faces challenges," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pluripotent

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pluripotent

Latin plur-, plus more + English potent

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“Pluripotent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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plu·​rip·​o·​tent | \ plu̇-ˈrip-ət-ənt How to pronounce pluripotent (audio) \

Medical Definition of pluripotent

1 : not fixed as to developmental potentialities especially : capable of differentiating into one of many cell types pluripotent stem cells
2 : capable of having more than one effect pluripotent activity

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