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osteoblast

Definition:

a cell from which bone develops

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plural:

osteoblasts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

osteo- ("bone") + -blast ("immature cell")
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Osteoblast | Osteoblasts

mononucleate cells that are responsible for bone formation; in essence, osteoblasts are specialized fibroblasts that in addition to fibroblastic products, express bone sialoprotein and osteocalcin. Osteoblasts produce a matrix of osteoid, which is ... (33 of 1120 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Osteoblast

Britannica Encyclopedia:

osteoblast [cell]

large cell responsible for the synthesis and mineralization of bone during both initial bone formation and later bone remodeling. Osteoblasts form a ... (22 of 180 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/434269​/osteoblast

Collins Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblastic [adjective, derived]

a bone-forming cell (3 of 190 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/osteoblast

Oxford Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblastic [derived]

Syllabification: (os·te·o·blast) | [physiology] | a cell that secretes the matrix for bone formation. (12 of 35 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/osteoblast

osteoblast [physiology] | osteoblastic [derived]

a cell which secretes the substance of bone (8 of 30 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/osteoblast

Merriam-Webster:

osteoblast | osteoblastic [adjective, related]

a bone-forming cell (3 of 25 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/osteoblast

New World Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblastic [adjective, related]

any cell which develops into bone or secretes substances producing bony tissue (12 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/osteoblast

American Heritage Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblastic [adjective, related]

A cell from which bone develops; a bone-forming cell. (9 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/osteoblast

Wiktionary:

osteoblast [biology, cytology] | osteoblasts [plural]

A mononucleate cell from which bone develops. (7 of 10 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/osteoblast

Random House Dictionary:

osteoblast [anatomy]

a bone-forming cell. (3 of 9 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/osteoblast

Encarta Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblasts [plural] | osteoblastic [adjective, derived]

a cell from which bone develops (6 of 26 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635638​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

osteoblast [biology, cytology] | osteoblasts [plural]

Origin: osteo- ("bone") + -blast ("immature cell")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/osteoblast

Merriam-Webster:

osteoblast

First use: 1875

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/osteoblast

New World Dictionary:

osteoblast

Origin: "osteo-" + "-blast"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/osteoblast

osteo-

Origin: Modern Latin from Greek osteon, a bone: see "ossify"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/osteo-prefix

-blast

Origin: Greek blastos, a sprout

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blast-suffix

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

osteoblast

Audio: British English pronunciation of "osteoblast"

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the Free Dictionary:

osteoblast

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "osteoblast"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "osteoblast"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "osteoblast" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/osteoblast

Google Dictionary:

osteoblast | osteoblasts [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "osteoblast"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

osteoblast

Audio: North American pronunciation of "osteoblast"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=osteob​01 word=osteoblast

YourDictionary Audio:

osteoblast

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "osteoblast" by speech synthesizer

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