stem cell

noun

Definition of stem cell

  1. :  an unspecialized cell that gives rise to differentiated cells hematopoietic stem cells in bone marrow

First Known Use of stem cell

1896


STEM CELL Defined for English Language Learners

stem cell

noun

Definition of stem cell for English Language Learners

  • : a simple cell in the body that is able to develop into any one of various kinds of cells (such as blood cells, skin cells, etc.)


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noun \ˈstem-\

Medical Definition of stem cell

  1. :  an unspecialized cell capable of perpetuating itself through cell division and having the potential to give rise to differentiated cells with specialized functions Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent cells derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst stage of the embryo.—Carrie J. Merkle, in Essentials of Pathophysiology, 2011 … picture the bone marrow as a blood cell factory that takes a single type of precursor cell, or stem cell, and modifies it in various ways to produce all the cells that circulate in the blood.—Gina Kolata, Discover, September 1987 Recent observations are providing increasing evidence for the concept that adult stem cells are part of a natural system for tissue repair.—Darwin J. Prockop, in Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, 2006


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