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  1. a combining form meaning “bud, sprout,” “embryo,” “formative cells or cell layer,” used in the formation of compound words: ectoblast.

Origin of -blast

< Greek, combining form of blastós a bud, sprout
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British Dictionary definitions for -blast

-blast

n combining form
  1. (in biology) indicating an embryonic cell or formative layermesoblast

Word Origin

from Greek blastos bud
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-blast in Medicine

-blast

suff.
  1. An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues:erythroblast.
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