self-renew

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intransitive verb self-re·new \ ¦self-ri-¦n(y)ü \

Definition of self-renew

self-renewed; self-renewing; self-renews
:to renew oneself or itself
  • Stem cells are multipotential cells that have the capacity to proliferate in an undifferentiated state, to self-renew, and to give rise to all the cell types of a particular tissue.
  • —Steve S. W. Han et al.Journal of the American Medical Association3 May 2000

self-renewal

play \¦self-ri-¦n(y)ü-əl\ noun, plural self-renewals
    • For a long time it has been assumed that heart muscle cells are incapable of self-renewal.
    • —Lisa MeltonNew Scientist25 Sept. 2004
    • If we are less than bold in addressing these problems—through self-renewal within our community and by pressing the powers-that-be for resources to make a difference—then we risk losing an entire generation.
    • —Maxine WatersElleMay 1993

self-renewing

adjective
    • self-renewing stem cells
    • American diction constantly crosses over class lines, which is what makes it so refreshingly democratic and self-renewing.
    • —Güneli GünTimes Literary Supplement12 Mar. 1999

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First Known Use of self-renew

1970


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