stem cell


Definition of stem cell

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

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Recent Examples on the Web People who have recently received a stem cell transplant, or are due to receive one should not get vaccinated until at least 3 months afterwards. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 15 June 2021 President Clinton approves federal funding for stem cell research but Congress does not fund it. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 Her other son, Nick, is carrying on the fight against cancer while doing stem cell research in a Ph.D. program at Stanford. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Augspurger, 26, is in her third year studying proteins on the outside of the nucleus and their role in stem cell development, which helps in the study of aging. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2021 Another line with a scientific edge is Augustinus Bader, named for its founder, a German professor and physician who’s considered a leader in the field of stem cell biology. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Hendrick also bristled at the idea of getting a dose of a vaccine that used a stem cell line derived from an aborted fetus in the production process, as Johnson & Johnson's did., 8 May 2021 Lavon, 49, a biology PhD who earlier managed the human embryonic stem cell lab at Cedars-Sinai Research Center in Los Angeles, takes a seat on a rolling chair before a large box about nine feet tall, six feet wide, and two feet deep. Paul Tullis, Town & Country, 2 May 2021 Medicine and science continue to plan for a future that makes eradicating deaf people possible, either through stem cell therapies and CRISPR gene-editing techniques that eliminate deafness in infancy or in-utero. Sara Novic, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stem cell

1896, in the meaning defined above

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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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