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epidermal growth factor

Syllabification: ep·i·der·mal growth fac·tor
(abbreviation: EGF)

Definition of epidermal growth factor in English:

noun

A mitogenic protein thought to be involved in such physical processes as normal cell growth, wound healing, and the formation of tumors.
Example sentences
  • These include fibroblast growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and platelet-derived angiogenesis factor.
  • Researchers have found a new signaling component that influences movement of human breast cancer cells toward epidermal growth factor.
  • The pathway is activated by a protein ligand such as epidermal growth factor.

Origin

First observed in 1959.

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