stem cell

noun

Definition of stem cell

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

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For that reason, many animal advocates are working on clean meat — meat products that are cell-for-cell identical to the meat from animals but factory-produced from stem cells rather than from live animals. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Other company products were recommended for acne, to stimulate production of stem cells, to reduce tartar buildup and to promote healthy circulation, the FDA letter says. Lois Norder, ajc, "Peachtree City company warned about promoting unapproved drugs," 15 June 2018 Tourism, Stem-Cell Research and More Uses for Microgravity Companies are using the International Space Station to 3D-print human organs with adult stem cells, which could be an absolute game changer for life on Earth. Henry Williams, WSJ, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Life off Earth," 3 Jan. 2019 At some point in the US, there weren’t any stem cell clinics. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The case for and against CRISPR IVF clinics opening in the US.," 6 Dec. 2018 Neither gun control nor stem cell research are generally issues handled by local governments. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive face off for the first time," 12 Apr. 2018 Muotri and her research team had been trying to coax human stem cells to re-create tissue found in the brain's cortex, which is devoted to cognition and interpreting sensory information. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Re-create Baby Brain Readings in a Dish," 19 Nov. 2018 Real estate investor Harley Rouda and stem cell researcher Hans Keirstead appear to be the leaders in a nasty primary, and several other Democrats are in the race too. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The top-two primary could lock out Democrats from key House races.," 5 June 2018 Korea allegedly has the largest stem cell bank in the world. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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stem cell

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English Language Learners Definition of stem cell

technical : 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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Medical Definition of stem cell

: 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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