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blastema

[ bla-stee-muh ]
/ blæˈsti mə /
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noun, plural blas·te·mas, blas·te·ma·ta [bla-stee-muh-tuh]. /blæˈsti mə tə/. Embryology.

an aggregation of cells in an early embryo, capable of differentiation into specialized tissue and organs.

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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

blastema
/ (blæˈstiːmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

a mass of undifferentiated animal cells that will develop into an organ or tissue: present at the site of regeneration of a lost part

Derived forms of blastema

blastemic (blæˈstiːmɪk, -ˈstɛm-), adjective

Word Origin for blastema

C19: from New Latin, from Greek: offspring, from blastos bud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for blastema

blastema
[ blă-stēmə ]

n.

The formative, undifferentiated material from which cells are formed.
A mass of embryonic cells from which an organ or a body part develops, either in normal development or in the regeneration of a lost body part.

Other words from blastema

blas•temal null null adj.
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