embryonic stem cell

Cells obtained from an embryo in the blastula phase, when they are still only a few days old. Because they have only begun to differentiate, these cells have the capability of developing into any cell in the human body, a fact which makes them potentially important in medicine. (See stem cell.)

Nearby words

  1. embryonic,
  2. embryonic area,
  3. embryonic disk,
  4. embryonic membrane,
  5. embryonic shield,
  6. embryonization,
  7. embryonoid,
  8. embryony,
  9. embryopathy,
  10. embryoplastic

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