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View in Spanish: Factor de crecimiento derivado de plaquetas

Platelet-derived growth factor (PLATE-let-dih-RIVED grohth FAK-ter)
A family of molecules released from platelets (tiny pieces of cells that are found in the blood and that help the blood clot). Forms of platelet-derived growth factor help to heal wounds and to repair damage to blood vessel walls. They also help blood vessels grow. Also called PDGF.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.