- Bone morphogenetic protein: A member of a superfamily of proteins that promote the formation of bone and the skeleton and help mend broken bones.
- Although it was known that scrapings from healthy bone stimulated the healing of fractures, the nature of the regenerative mechanism remained a mystery until 1965 when Dr. Marshall Urist did an experiment in which he implanted demineralized, pulverized bone in a rabbit’s muscle. Bone formed at the site. Dr. Urist called the protein responsible for this phenomenon “bone morphogenetic protein” (BMP).
- Supports bone regeneration