pl. -·mas or -·mata
the undifferentiated embryonic tissue from which cells, tissues, and organs are developed
Origin of blastemaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek blast?ma, a bud ; from blastanein, to bud ; from blastos, a sprout
nounpl. blas·te·mas or blas·te·ma·ta
- A mass of undifferentiated cells from which an organ or a body part develops, either in normal development or in the regeneration of a lost body part.
- A structureless substance from which it was formerly believed that cells are formed.
Origin of blastemaGreek blast&emacron;ma, offspring, sprout, from blastos, bud.
- blas·te′mal, blas′te·mat′ic , blas·te′mic
(plural blastemas or blastemata)
From Ancient Greek βλάστημα (blastēma, “sprout”).