regenerative medicine

Main Entry:  regenerative medicine
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a branch of medicine studying the body's mechanisms for healing itself
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regenerative medicine definition


A term applied to new medical advances in which an understanding of the human genome allows us to use the body's own mechanisms to heal it. Expected advances include a host of new pharmaceuticals and, eventually, the ability to create new tissues for transplant. (See embryonic stem cell.)

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