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amacrine cell Line breaks: ama|crine cell
Pronunciation: /ˈaməkrʌɪn/

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Definition of amacrine cell in English:


A small nerve cell within the retina which has dendrites but no axon.
Example sentences
  • Its pathogenesis is thought to involve cone and amacrine cell dysfunction in the retina.
  • The best-studied amacrine cell synapses are those made onto ganglion cells and the feedback synapses made onto bipolar cells.
  • One of the major objectives of our work is to understand how the function of amacrine cell synapses is modulated.


Early 20th century: from a-1 'not' + Greek makros 'large' + is, in- 'sinew or strip'.

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