nerve growth factor

nerve growth factor

noun Biochemistry.
a protein that promotes the growth, organization, and maintenance of sympathetic and some sensory nerve cells. Abbreviation: NGF

Origin:
1965–70

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nerve growth factor
 
n
1.  a polypeptide produced by neurones and their supporting tissues as well as some other tissues that stimulate the growth of neurones
2.  any of various related polypeptides that promote the growth of neurones

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nerve growth factor n.
Abbr. NGF
A protein that stimulates the growth of sympathetic and sensory nerve cells.

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