Glossary of stem cell therapy terms

Allogenic: from one person to another (for example: organ transplant)

Autogenic: use of one's own tissue

Myoblasts: immature muscle cells, may be able to change into functioning heart muscle cells

Stem Cells: cells that have the ability to reproduce, generate new cells, and send signals to promote healing

Transgenic: Use of tissue from another species. (for example: some heart valves from porcine or bovine tissue)

For more information and resources

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/03/2019.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy