Multipotent

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Definition

adjective

Having the ability to differentiate to a limited number of cell fates or into closely related family of cells.


Supplement

Multipotent progenitor cells can give rise to many but limited types of cell. For example, a hematopoietic cell can give rise to several types of blood cells but not into brain cells or other types of cells.


Word origin: multi- » Latin multus much, many + - potent, have power, to be able.
Related forms: multipotency (noun).

Compare: unipotent, pluripotent, totipotent.
See also: potent.

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