Definition of pluripotent in English:

pluripotent

Syllabification: plu·ri·po·tent
Pronunciation: /ˌplo͝oriˈpōtnt
 
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adjective

Biology
(Of an immature or stem cell) capable of giving rise to several different cell types.
More example sentences
  • As a pluripotent cell type, a human embryonic stem cell is capable of forming all adult cell types.
  • The pluripotent embryonic stem cell cannot, under any conditions, develop into an organism.
  • Cells from these embryos can be used to create pluripotent stem cell ‘lines’, cultures that can be grown indefinitely in the laboratory.

Origin

1940s: from pluri- 'several' + Latin potent- 'being able' (see potent1).

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