Definition of histiocyte in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhistēəˌsīt/


A stationary phagocytic cell present in connective tissue.
Example sentences
  • Occasional plasma cells, histiocytes, and eosinophils were also present.
  • Multinucleated giant cells and single epithelioid histiocytes were often present in association with granulomas.
  • Among nonneoplastic cells, only hepatocytes and rare plasma cells and histiocytes show cytoplasmic positivity.


Early 20th century: from Greek histion (diminutive of histos 'tissue, web') + -cyte.

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Syllabification: his·ti·o·cyte

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