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bone morphogenetic protein


Medical Definition of bone morphogenetic protein

  1. :  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, 13 Jan. 2005>; 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, 7 Feb. 2005>—abbreviation BMP

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