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-blast

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

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