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Definition of Stem cell harvest

Stem cell harvest: Obtaining stem cells for use in cancer or other treatment. Usually the cells are removed from the patient's own bone marrow. Stem cells can be harvested from the blood or bone marrow. Umbilical cords have been saved as a future source of stem cells for the baby.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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