stem cell

stem cell
noun
an undifferentiated cell whose daughter cells may differentiate into other cell types (such as blood cells)
Hypernyms: ↑somatic cell, ↑vegetative cell
Hyponyms: ↑hematopoeitic stem cell

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noun
: an unspecialized and usually embryonic cell ancestral to one or more specialized cells

one theory regards the hemocytoblast as a stem cell from which all the cellular elements of the blood arise

specifically : an embryonic cell destined to give rise to germ cells and often identifiable in early cleavage

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Cell Biol.
a cell that upon division replaces its own numbers and also gives rise to cells that differentiate further into one or more specialized types, as various B cells and T cells.
[1880-85]

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stem cell noun (biology)
A generalized parent cell that gives rise to cells that specialize
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Main Entry:stem

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stem cell UK US noun [countable] usually plural [singular stem cell plural stem cells] science
a cell that is taken from a person or animal at an early stage of development and is capable of developing into cells of any type, for example nerve cells or blood cells

Some scientists believe that stem cells will make it possible to treat serious diseases.

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stem cell,
an embryonic or primitive cell that gives rise to specialized cells.

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n. Biology an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism that is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cell arise by differentiation

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noun, pl ⋯ cells [count]
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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ˈstem cell 7 [stem cell] noun
a basic type of cell which can divide and develop into cells with particular functions. All the different kinds of cells in the human body develop from stem cells

Stem cells are the key to the body's ability to renew itself.

Tests suggest that stem cells could be used to regenerate damaged body parts.

Stem cell research is the essential first step for cloning.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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