One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an immature cell or stem cell) capable of giving rise to several different cell types.‘many types of cells originate from pluripotent bone marrow stem cells’
- ‘All blood cells are derived from pluripotent stem cells’
- ‘Several days after conception, as an embryo begins to develop, its stem cells become pluripotent.’
- ‘The pluripotent embryonic stem cell cannot, under any conditions, develop into an organism.’
- ‘Cells from these embryos can be used to create pluripotent stem cell ‘lines’, cultures that can be grown indefinitely in the laboratory.’
- ‘As a pluripotent cell type, a human embryonic stem cell is capable of forming all adult cell types.’
1940s: from pluri- ‘several’ + Latin potent- ‘being able’ (see potent).
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