Stem Cell Terminology:


Pluripotent: Stem cells that have the potential to develop into any of the cell types found in an adult organism are called pluripotent.  Embryonic stem cells are pluripotent; originate as inner mass cells within a blastocyst.


Multipotent: Stems cells that only have the potential to make a few cell types in the body are called multipotent. Adult stem cells appear to be multipotent.


Totipotent: Cells that are capable of forming a completely new embryo that can develop into a new organism are called totipotent. A fertilized egg is totipotent. None of the stem cells used in research appear to have this capacity.

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