regenerative medicine

noun

Definition of regenerative medicine

: a branch of medicine concerned with developing therapies that regenerate or replace injured, diseased, or defective cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish function and structure
Note: Regenerative medicine treatments include stem cell therapy to stimulate tissue repair and regeneration at the site of damage or the transplantation of tissues or organs made or grown outside the body.
  • Regenerative medicine holds promise for the treatment of degenerative and genetic diseases. One goal is to rejuvenate damaged tissue by establishing processes for the transplantation of pluripotent or multipotent stem cells, which are able to differentiate into a wide range of cell types.
  • —Joan C. Marini et al.
  • They were hailed as pioneers leading the world toward an amazing future of regenerative medicine in which doctors will make replacement parts to order. Since then, 14 other patients have received bioengineered tracheas.
  • —Gretchen Vogel
  • In an initiative to speed treatments for wounded soldiers, the U.S. Department of Defense … is entering the fast-growing field of regenerative medicine.
  • —Constance Holden

First Known Use of regenerative medicine

1983

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regenerative medicine

noun

medical Definition of regenerative medicine

: a branch of medicine concerned with developing treatments that replace injured or diseased tissue with new growths of tissue
Note: Regenerative medicine treatments may involve stimulating tissue regeneration at the site of injury or transplanting cells (especially stem cells), tissues, and organs made or grown outside the body.
  • Companies are trying to harness the [stem] cells to rebuild hearts, bone, blood and other tissues, part of a field coming to be called regenerative medicine.
  • —Andrew PollackThe New York Times30 May 2000

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