stem cell


Definition of stem cell

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

Examples of stem cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It can be treated with a blood stem cell transplant, which replaces unhealthy blood cells, but Snyder initially didn't have any full matches in the Be The Match Registry. Nicholas Rice,, 18 June 2022 The technique — called a dual immune/solid organ transplant — involves a stem cell transplant that trains the immune system not to reject a subsequent kidney donation. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 15 June 2022 In short, until the FDA approves stem cell treatments for other ailments, any company or doctor offering these treatments are likely selling snake oil. Taylyn Washington-harmon, Men's Health, 16 Mar. 2022 Initially filed in August 2016, the suit accused StemGenex of wrongfully exaggerating patient satisfaction in the marketing of its stem cell treatments targeting seriously ill or disabled people. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2022 Are the nonembryo stem cell treatments effective in delaying surgery? Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2022 How fringe stem cell treatments won far-right allies Help! Steven Levy, Wired, 20 July 2021 Through stem cell treatments, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and blood transfusions, Axelrod had to act as an advocate for his father, making sure his words — and intent — were being interpreted correctly. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2021 While unquestionably conservative, there were times Hatch differed from many of his conservative colleagues — including then-President George W. Bush when Hatch pushed for federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stem cell

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Stem cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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 … 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 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

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