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cardiomyocyte

noun car·dio·myo·cyte \ ˌkär-dē-ō-ˈmī-ə-ˌsīt \

medical Definition of cardiomyocyte

: a muscle cell of the heart
  • A deficiency of cardiomyocytes underlies most cases of heart failure, and scientists have long sought to repopulate the heart with new cardiomyocytes.
  • —Charles E. Murry et al.The New England Journal of Medicine13 Jan. 2011
  • … they have converted human embryonic stem cells into cardiomyocytes, the muscle cells that drive the beating of the heart.
  • —John TravisScience News1 Sept. 2001

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