Definition of adipocyte in English:

adipocyte

Line breaks: adi¦po|cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈadɪpə(ʊ)sʌɪt
 
/

noun

Biology
  • A cell specialized for the storage of fat, found in connective tissue.
    More example sentences
    • Our case contained cells at various stages of metaplasia, ranging from atypical cancer cells to mature adipocytes.
    • Spindle cell lipomas show well-differentiated adipocytes, as in a typical lipoma, but in addition have foci of myxoid tissue with spindled cells.
    • Recent studies indicate that mesenchymal stem cells not only differentiate into osteoblasts but also into adipocytes.

Origin

1930s: from adipose + -cyte.

More definitions of adipocyte

Definition of adipocyte in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody