Definition of mast cell in English:

mast cell

Syllabification: mast cell

noun

  • A cell filled with basophil granules, found in numbers in connective tissue and releasing histamine and other substances during inflammatory and allergic reactions.
    More example sentences
    • Both lead to the release of mast cell and basophil immune mediators.
    • This compound is employed as a classic mast cell secretagogue that releases histamine.
    • Furthermore, our observations suggest that a prominent mast cell reaction seems more related to pattern and nuclear grade I carcinomas than to poorly differentiated neoplasms.

Origin

late 19th century: mast from German Mast 'fattening, feeding'.

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