stem cell

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stem cell

Histology an undifferentiated cell that gives rise to specialized cells, such as blood cells
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Stem Cell

 

a cell in the continuously renewing tissues of animals that is capable of developing in different directions, within the limits of tissue differentiation.

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stem cell

[′stem ‚sel]
(embryology)
A formative cell.
(histology)
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