plu·​rip·​o·​tent | \ plu̇-ˈri-pə-tənt How to pronounce pluripotent (audio) \

Definition of pluripotent

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

Examples of pluripotent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cells are induced pluripotent stem cells, a type which could be used to create and test potential treatments tailored to an individual, according to a statement from Cedars-Sinai. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2022 Aspen has developed a procedure for turning these pluripotent stem cells into dopamine-releasing neurons, which then would be introduced back into the patient in hopes of replacing neurons damaged by Parkinson’s. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 Church’s lab recently published a massive library of transcription factors — the recipes for nudging pluripotent stem cells into becoming almost any type of cell. Matthew Herper, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 His landmark findings about creating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have only recently been applied to studying mental illness as the field has matured. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 27 Feb. 2018 The beating heart cells, called cardiomyocytes, featured in the experiment were grown from pluripotent stem cells. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 June 2021 It was taken in 2008 by the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, and its meaning is remarkably pluripotent. Nic Rowan, National Review, 29 May 2021 The cardioids begin as pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential to turn into any cell in the body given the right instructions from the environment. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2021 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, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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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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