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View in Spanish: Factor de células madre humano metionil recombinante

Recombinant human methionyl stem cell factor (ree-KOM-bih-nunt HYOO-mun meh-THY-oh-nil stem sel FAK-ter)
A substance that causes blood stem cells (cells from which other types of cells develop) to change into different types of blood cells and increases the number and actions of these cells in the blood. It is being studied in the treatment of myelodysplasia. Recombinant human methionyl stem cell factor is a type of recombinant stem cell growth factor. Also called ancestim, r-metHuSCF, and Stemgen.

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