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[ploo r-uh-poht-nt]
adjective Biology.
  1. (of a cell) capable of developing into any type of cell or tissue except those that form a placenta or embryo: pluripotent stem cells.
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Origin of pluripotent

1915–20; < Latin plūr- (stem of plūs ‘plus’) + English potent1
Related formsplu·ri·po·ten·cy, noun
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  1. biology capable of differentiating into different types of body cell
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pluripotent in Medicine


  1. Capable of affecting more than one organ or tissue.
  2. Not fixed as to potential development. Used of an embryonic cell.
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