[ploo r-uh-poht-nt]

adjective Biology.

(of a cell) capable of developing into any type of cell or tissue except those that form a placenta or embryo: pluripotent stem cells.

Origin of pluripotent

1915–20; < Latin plūr- (stem of plūs ‘plus’) + English potent1
Related formsplu·ri·po·ten·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of pluripotent

  • Pluripotent embryonic stem cells develop to eventually create an entire human being.

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British Dictionary definitions for pluripotent



biology capable of differentiating into different types of body cell
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pluripotent in Medicine




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