Definition of growth factor in English:

growth factor

Syllabification: growth fac·tor


A substance, such as a vitamin or hormone, that is required for the stimulation of growth in living cells.
More example sentences
  • A specific growth factor for liver cells is thought to stimulate their vigorous proliferation.
  • Studies of cell cultures show that growth factors are essential for cells to multiply, with the particular growth factor or factors required depending on the cell type.
  • The researchers found that when monocytes were exposed to a growth factor, they created a set of pluripotent stem cells.

Definition of growth factor in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbimbəl
walk or travel at a leisurely pace