Definitions

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  • adj. Able to develop into more than one mature cell or tissue type, but not all.

Etymologies

From pluri- +‎ potent. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Smithies and his co-authors concluded that "This modification of a chosen gene in pluripotent ES cells demonstrates the feasibility of this route to manipulate mammalian genomes in predetermined ways" [35].

    The 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Advanced Information

  • But those researchers would like to get to the blastocyst stage, because that would allow them to make what are known as pluripotent stem cells, which are cells that can go on to turn into a wide variety of other cell types.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • Therefore, these cells are referred to as pluripotent, that is, they can give rise to many types of cells but not a whole organism.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Because they have lost their toti-virility & are described as pluripotent (iPS) or "potent for a lot".

    Autotomous Penes & Endless War

  • SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: If you take an embryonic stem cell, it is a-- what's called a pluripotent cell, a cell that can grow into just about anything.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2009

  • GUPTA: If you take an embryonic stem cell, it is a-- what is called a pluripotent cell, a cell that can grow into just about anything.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2009

  • GUPTA: If you take an embryonic stem cell, it's a-- what is called a pluripotent cell, a cell that can grow into just about anything.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2009

  • Embryonic stem cells are especially desirable because they are "pluripotent" - that is they have the ability to become virtually any type of cell within the body

    BBC News - Home

  • The goal of these studies is to work out the best ways to create cells that are "pluripotent" -- meaning they can be used to form any other kind of cell in the body.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • His lab is also comparing the relative properties of embryonic stem cells and so-called pluripotent stem cells derived from adult tissue; some anti-abortion activists say the pluripotent cells, which have the potential to turn into the many kinds of specialized cells in the body, are an ethical alternative to the embryonic kind.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • Many potential. used in cellular biology to decribe stem cells, especially the induced pluripotent stem cells. These are cells that have the potnetial to differentiate into many different cell types.

    April 13, 2009

  • lovely!

    June 8, 2007

  • Potential ability of a stem cell to develop into a number of different cell types.

    June 8, 2007