stem cell(redirected from Unspecialised cell)
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An unspecialized cell that can give rise to one or more different types of specialized cells, such as blood cells and nerve cells. Stem cells are present in embryos and in various tissues of adult organisms and are widely used in scientific research.
(Biology) histology an undifferentiated cell that gives rise to specialized cells, such as blood cells
a cell that upon division replaces its own numbers and also gives rise to cells that differentiate further into one or more specialized types.
A cell that has the potential to develop into any of a number of different types of cells. Embryos have stem cells that can develop into almost any kind of body cell. Certain tissues in adults also produce stem cells, although the range of cells that they can develop into is limited.
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|Noun||1.||stem cell - an undifferentiated cell whose daughter cells may differentiate into other cell types (such as blood cells)|
somatic cell, vegetative cell - any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes; "somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells";
hematopoeitic stem cell - blood forming stem cells in the bone marrow; T cells and B cells arise from these stem cells