bone morphogenetic protein

noun

: any of several proteins that are transforming growth factors involved in inducing bone and cartilage formation
Apoptosis and chondrogenesis are connected, and both are regulated by the signaling of bone morphogenetic proteins Joan C. Marini, The New England Journal of Medicine
also : a recombinant version of one of these proteins used especially in spinal surgery to promote new bone growth
A collagen sponge soaked in bone morphogenetic protein, or BMP, can be placed between two vertebrae to stimulate them to fuse together. Susan Stevens, The Chicago Daily Herald
abbreviation BMP

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Cite this Entry

“Bone morphogenetic protein.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/bone%20morphogenetic%20protein. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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