Cells with an unlimited proliferative capacity, capable of self-renewal and differentiation to produce all types of cells in a lineage system. Stem cells are described as totipotent (producing all lineages), whereas their daughter progenitor cells can be pluripotent (producing many lineages), multipotent (producing several lineages), or unipotent (one lineage).
(ICRP Publication 131, 2015)
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from ICRP Publication 118, 2012
Cells with an unlimited proliferative capacity, capable of self-renewal and of differentiation to produce all the various types of cells in a lineage.
from ICRP Publication 103, 2007
Non-differentiated, pluripotent cell, capable of unlimited cell division.