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  • F

    Under Flavobacterium spp.: NCTC, strain originally received for identification. Elsewhere, see FH

  • F10

    Ham's F10 nutrient medium

  • F12

    Ham's F12 nutrient medium

  • F12k

    Modified Ham's F12 nutrient medium

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAO

    Food and Agriculture Organisation

  • FBA

    Freshwater Biological Association, originally at Ambleside, Westmorland, UK

  • FBS

    Foetal Bovine Serum (also known as FCS)

  • FBS (Foetal Bovine Serum) / FCS (Foetal Calf Serum)

    Serum from blood plasma that contains the wide range of nutrients necessary to support the growth of cells in culture.

  • FCS

    Foetal Calf Serum (also known as FBS)

  • FDA

    Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC, USA

  • FDC

    Forsyth Dental Center, Boston, USA

  • Feeder Layer

    A layer of cells usually lethally irradiated or chemically treated to stop DNA synthesis, upon which are cultured a fastidious cell type.

  • FGF

    Fibroblast Growth Factor

  • FH

    Food Hygiene Laboratory, HPA Centre for Infections, London, UK

  • Fibroblast Like

    Resembling or characteristic of, having the form or appearance of fibroblast cells.   In order to define a cell as a fibroblast cell, it must possess characteristics typical of fibroblast cells. For example, often fibroblast cells will appear pointed, elongated or stellate when viewed under the light microscope and grow in sheets wherein the cells are rather loosely in contact with one another. The cells may produce parallel arrays at confluence. In some types of fibroblast cells, the nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio will be relatively low when compared to epithelial cells.

  • Finite Cell Lines

    Cell cultures that will only survive a certain number of population doublings before senescence. All normal cells are finite.

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