Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or being a cell that is capable of differentiating into cells of any type of tissue except placental tissue.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin plūs, plūr-, more, many; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + potent.]

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From pluri- +‎ potent.

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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    June 8, 2007

  • lovely!

    June 8, 2007

  • 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