Meaning of -BLAST in English


ˌblast, -aa(ə)st, -aist noun combining form

( -s )

Etymology: New Latin -blastus, from Greek blastos; akin to Old English molda top of the head, Greek blōthros tall, melathron roof, Sanskrit mūrdhan head, Tocharian A malto first

1. biology

a. : germ : shoot : sprout

b. : embryonic or formative cell — in names of formative cells corresponding to names of fully developed cells ending in -cyte

erythro blast

c. : germ layer : formative layer of cells

splanchno blast

d. : formative constituent unit of living matter

idio blast

2. geology : crystal formed during metamorphism

porphyro blast

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