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sustentacular cell

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noun sus·ten·tac·u·lar cell \ˌsəs-tən-ˈta-kyə-lər-, -ˌten-\

Definition of sustentacular cell

  1. :  a supporting epithelial cell (as a Sertoli cell or a cell of the olfactory epithelium) that lacks a specialized function (as nerve-impulse conduction)



Origin of sustentacular cell

New Latin sustentaculum supporting part, from Latin, prop, from sustentare


First Known Use: 1901


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sustentacular cell

noun sus·ten·tac·u·lar cell

Medical Definition of sustentacular cell

  1. :  a supporting epithelial cell (as a Sertoli cell or a cell of the olfactory epithelium) that lacks a specialized function (as nerve-impulse conduction)




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