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cord blood

noun
1.
blood from the placenta drawn through the newly severed umbilical cord, collected for study or for possible transfusion to treat disease in the child.
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Examples from the web for cord blood
  • Scientists have found that umbilical cord blood may be a new source of organ-growing stem cells.
  • Some types can be derived from umbilical cord blood, adult bone marrow, or possibly even adult skin.
  • Many articles have said cord blood, marrow cells, and skin cells can be used and are better than embryonic cells.
  • One of the best and non-controversial sources of stem cells remains umbilical cord blood.
  • Doctors at some offshore clinics may also obtain stem cells from umbilical cord blood or, in rare cases, human embryos.
  • While stem cells are scarce and difficult to extract in children and adults, they are plentiful in umbilical-cord blood.
  • cord blood has certain advantages over stem cell transplantation, including the capacity to produce more cells quickly.
  • Umbilical cord blood cells are so immature, there is less of a concern that they will not match.
  • cord blood banking for potential future transplantation.
  • Learn about bone marrow or cord blood transplantation.
cord blood in Medicine

cord blood n.
Blood present in the umbilical vessels at the time of delivery.

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