Definition of mast cell in English:

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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.
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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