Medical Definition of Colony-forming unit

1. An individual cell which is able to clone itself into an entire colony of identical cells. Irradiated mice can have their immune systems reconstituted by the injection of bone marrow cells from a nonirradiated animal. The injected cells form colonies in the spleen (hence s), each colony representing the progeny of a pluripotent stem cell. Operationally, therefore, the number of colony-forming units is a measure of the number of stem cells. Acronym: CFU (09 Oct 1997)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colony-forming Unit

colonography
colonometer
colonopathy
colonorrhagia
colonorrhoea
colonoscope
colonoscopes
colonoscopic
colonoscopies
colonoscopist
colonoscopists
colonoscopy
colons
colonus
colony
colony-forming unit (current term)
colony-stimulating factor
colony collapse disorder
colony counter
colony counters
colony hybridisation
colonyhood
coloop
coloops
colopathy
colopexostomy
colopexotomy
colopexy
colophene

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