blood stem cell

Pronunciation: (blud stem sel)

An immature cell that can develop into all types of blood cells, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Blood stem cells are found in the peripheral blood and the bone marrow. Also called hematopoietic stem cell.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Blood cell development. A blood stem cell goes through several steps to become a red blood cell, platelet, or white blood cell.

2014-10-28 Date last modified: 2014-10-28