[ bla-stee-muh ]

noun,plural blas·te·mas, blas·te·ma·ta [bla-stee-muh-tuh]. /blæˈsti mə tə/. Embryology.
  1. an aggregation of cells in an early embryo, capable of differentiation into specialized tissue and organs.

Origin of blastema

1840–50; <New Latin <Greek blástēma (blastē- verbid stem of blasteîn to sprout + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action)

Other words from blastema

  • blas·te·mal, blas·te·mat·ic [blas-tuh-mat-ik], /ˌblæs təˈmæt ɪk/, blas·te·mic [bla-stee-mik, -steem-ik], /blæˈsti mɪk, -ˈstim ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for blastema


/ (blæˈstiːmə) /

nounplural -mas or -mata (-mətə)
  1. a mass of undifferentiated animal cells that will develop into an organ or tissue: present at the site of regeneration of a lost part

Origin of blastema

C19: from New Latin, from Greek: offspring, from blastos bud

Derived forms of blastema

  • blastemic (blæˈstiːmɪk, -ˈstɛm-), adjective

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