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mast cell

mast cell

noun \ˈmast-\

Definition of MAST CELL

:  a granulocyte that occurs especially in connective tissue and has basophilic granules containing substances (as histamine and heparin) which mediate allergic reactions

Origin of MAST CELL

part translation of German Mastzelle, from Mast food, mast (from Old High German) + Zelle cell
First Known Use: circa 1890

mast cell

noun \ˈmast-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MAST CELL

:  a granulocyte that occurs especially in connective tissue and has basophilic granules containing substances (as histamine and heparin) which mediate allergic reactions

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