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Pluripotent stem cell

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Definition

noun

The stem cell having the ability to differentiate into more than one cell type.


Supplement

The term pluripotent is used for some stem cells to identify them from other stem cells that are totipotent. The pluripotent stem cells are in fact derived from totipotent stem cells. The pluripotent stem cells can develop into any cell type except for the extraembryonic tissue.


Compare: unipotent cell, totipotent cell, multipotent cell.