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View in Spanish: Factor de célula madre

Stem cell factor (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. Stem cell factor is a type of cytokine and a type of growth factor. Also called kit ligand and SCF.

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