noun, plural blastemas, blastemata [bla-stee-muh-tuh] . Embryology.
an aggregation of cells in an early embryo, capable of differentiation into specialized tissue and organs.

1840–50; < Neo-Latin < Greek blástēma (blastē- verbid stem of blasteîn to sprout + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action)

blastemal, blastematic [blas-tuh-mat-ik] , blastemic [bla-stee-mik, -steem-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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blastema (blæˈstiːmə)
n , pl -mas, -mata
a mass of undifferentiated animal cells that will develop into an organ or tissue: present at the site of regeneration of a lost part
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek: offspring, from blastos bud]

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blastema blas·te·ma (blā-stē'mə)

  1. The formative, undifferentiated material from which cells are formed.

  2. A mass of embryonic cells from which an organ or a body part develops, either in normal development or in the regeneration of a lost body part.

blas·te'mal or blas'te·mat'ic (blās'tə-māt'ĭk) or blas·te'mic (blā-stē'mĭk) adj.
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