- 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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- (in biology) indicating an embryonic cell or formative layermesoblast
Word Origin for -blast
from Greek blastos bud
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- An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues:erythroblast.
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