Definition of pluripotent in English:

pluripotent

adjective

Biology
  • (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’
    • ‘As a pluripotent cell type, a human embryonic stem cell is capable of forming all adult cell types.’
    • ‘The pluripotent embryonic stem cell cannot, under any conditions, develop into an organism.’
    • ‘All blood cells are derived from pluripotent stem cells’
    • ‘Several days after conception, as an embryo begins to develop, its stem cells become pluripotent.’
    • ‘Cells from these embryos can be used to create pluripotent stem cell ‘lines’, cultures that can be grown indefinitely in the laboratory.’

Origin

1940s: from pluri- ‘several’ + Latin potent- being able (see potent).

Pronunciation:

pluripotent

/ˌplʊərɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt/