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-blast

(blast),
An immature precursor cell of the type indicated by the prefix. preceding it.
[G. blastos, germ]

-blast

word element [Gr.]a type of blast.

-blast

suff.
1. Biology An immature, embryonic stage in the development of cells or tissues: erythroblast.
2. Geology A crystal or mineral deposit formed in metamorphic rock: porphyroblast.

-blast

suffix meaning an "embryonic state of development": megaloblast, osteoblast.

-blast

A suffix meaning an immature precursor cell of the type indicated by the preceding word.
[G. blastos, germ]

-blast

suffix denoting an undifferentiated CELL, capable of division. For example ERYTHROBLAST is a bone marrow cell that will form a red blood cell. Compare ERYTHROCYTE, which is a mature red blood cell (see -CYTE).

-blast

immature precursor cell type; the cell type is denoted by the preceding syllables, e.g. osteoblast