Definition of marrow in English:

marrow

noun

  • 1A soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality)

    • ‘Definitive treatment of the disorder relies on reconstituting the patient's bone marrow.’
    • ‘Stem cells have been isolated from the central nervous system, bone marrow, and blood of adults.’
    • ‘A bag containing the retrovirus was connected to a bag of his bone marrow.’
    • ‘The bone marrow helps regulate the number of white blood cells in the body.’
    • ‘In general, magnetic resonance is excellent for imaging soft tissue and bone marrow.’
    • ‘In some cases you may be able to exchange cards or letters with the person who received your donated bone marrow.’
    • ‘Stem cells are cells taken from bone marrow which have the ability to grow into several different types of tissue.’
    • ‘If you require a bone marrow transplant a compatible donor will need to be found.’
    • ‘His sister was found to be the one-in-a-million bone marrow match he needed.’
    • ‘He donated bone marrow at a hospital in London before it was transported to America.’
    • ‘For this reason, close relatives are often the donors of choice in bone marrow transplantation.’
    • ‘Overall it is very well tolerated, with a low incidence of bone marrow suppression.’
    • ‘It is usually found in the lymph nodes but can also spread to involve other organs such as the spleen and bone marrow.’
    • ‘Autologous bone marrow transplantation was being viewed in a different light.’
    • ‘The bone marrow cells will be collected using a needle and syringe, with no cutting or stitching involved.’
    • ‘His topic was the regeneration of damaged heart muscle, by use of bone marrow stem cells.’
    • ‘During a transplant, healthy bone marrow will be fed into your blood stream.’
    • ‘White blood cells are produced by the bone marrow, the soft spongy centre of bones.’
    • ‘Autologous transplants are stem cells from the patient's own bone marrow or peripheral blood.’
    • ‘In other areas, such as blood and bone marrow donation, living donors are the norm.’
  • 2British A white-fleshed green-skinned gourd, which is eaten as a vegetable.

    • ‘Pragmatics perhaps explains cucurbita pepo's lack of popularity: if one assumes they are always merely marrows, who would want to eat them?’
    • ‘Courgettes are actually baby marrows, just picked earlier from the plant.’
    • ‘Lots of vegetables should be ready to harvest now including marrows, onions and sweetcorn.’
    • ‘In addition to cereals the Greeks used figs, grapes, pomegranates, spinach, marrows, celery, nettles, hyacinth bulbs, artichokes, asparagus and honey.’
    • ‘Other specialist bags have been developed especially for salads and vegetables including even marrows and courgettes.’
    • ‘This is a land of festivals, more than any other, whether it means tossing cabers, weighing marrows or staging opera in country houses.’
    • ‘The book devotes 30 pages to cucurbits, from giant pumpkins through marrows, zucchinis and cucumbers to back - scratching loofahs.’
    • ‘The annual Giant Vegetable Competition is approaching, and the folk who grow carrots and pumpkins and marrows in their back yards are fearful of the voracious rabbits that threaten their produce.’
    • ‘Unripe fruits are cooked as a vegetable in the same way as marrows.’
    • ‘Two hours later and I was still tousle-haired and wearing an apron over my pajamas, but the pot was bubbling away on the stove and I was clearing up tomato skins and marrow seeds from the worktop.’
    • ‘Glaze the baby marrows and peeled carrots in a pan with honey.’
    • ‘Behind him, seven-year-old Jordan stood in awe with his grandmother, admiring the enormous marrows.’
    • ‘So, whether you call it a striped gourd, a marrow, or a zucchini, you might notice that they are quite plentiful at this time of the year.’
    • ‘The British will bet on virtually anything from the size of marrows, through slug racing, to how long it takes to run round the quadrangle of an Oxford College.’
    • ‘We grow all manner of vegetables from cabbages and carrots to marrows.’
    • ‘Horticultural societies and shows, which began 200 years ago, still display prize marrows, giant leeks and perfect chrysanthemums.’
    • ‘I spotted the first of the really big marrows, and even a small pumpkin the other day.’
    • ‘I didn't really eat the marrow because I was so full.’
    • ‘A thousand plastic ducks and 50 giant marrows were on show as almost £3,000 was raised for charity.’
    • ‘Ronde de Nice squash, hard-skinned and as smooth as a cricket ball will bake well with a dab of garlic butter, and yet the young marrows would be just as good.’

Origin

Old English mearg, mærg (in marrow), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch merg and German Mark. marrow dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation:

marrow

/ˈmerō/