noun Cell Biology.
a cell that upon division replaces its own numbers and also gives rise to cells that differentiate further into one or more specialized types, as various B cells and T cells.
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Origin of stem cell
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for stem cell
It launches curricular reviews and stem-cell initiatives; it raises money, and buys up property (or at least, it used to).
Many women who undergo IVF either discard their leftover embryos or donate them for stem-cell research.
Maybe they would, but this has played absolutely no part in the stem-cell debate.
Now, Rich writes, “when Barack Obama ended the Bush stem-cell policy last week, there were no such overheated theatrics.”
British Dictionary definitions for stem cell
histology an undifferentiated cell that gives rise to specialized cells, such as blood cells
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Medical definitions for stem cell
An unspecialized cell that gives rise to a specific specialized cell, such as a blood cell.
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Scientific definitions for stem cell
An unspecialized cell found in fetuses, embryos, and some adult body tissues that has the potential to develop into specialized cells or divide into other stem cells. Stem cells from fetuses or embryos can develop into any type of differentiated cells, while those found in mature tissues develop only into specific cells. Stem cells can potentially be used to replace tissue damaged or destroyed by disease or injury, but the use of embryonic stem cells for this purpose is controversial. Also called progenitor cell
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Cultural definitions for stem cell
notes for stem cell
A major controversy involves the question of whether nonembryonic stem cells should be used for medical purposes.
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