Definition of growth factor in English:

growth factor


  • A substance, such as a vitamin or hormone, which is required for the stimulation of growth in living cells.

    • ‘Studies of cell cultures show that growth factors are essential for cells to multiply, with the particular growth factor or factors required depending on the cell type.’
    • ‘A specific growth factor for liver cells is thought to stimulate their vigorous proliferation.’
    • ‘The researchers found that when monocytes were exposed to a growth factor, they created a set of pluripotent stem cells.’
    • ‘Insulin-like growth factor, another muscle builder, is undetectable.’
    • ‘The positive response is paralleled by a rise in the insulin-like growth factor.’