Sertoli cell


Ser·​to·​li cell ˌsər-ˈtō-lē- How to pronounce Sertoli cell (audio)
: one of the elongated striated cells lining the seminiferous tubules that support and apparently nourish the spermatids

Word History


Enrico Sertoli †1910 Italian histologist

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sertoli cell was in 1888

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“Sertoli cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition

Sertoli cell

Ser·​to·​li cell ˈsert-ə-lē- How to pronounce Sertoli cell (audio) ser-ˈtō-lē- How to pronounce Sertoli cell (audio)
variants also Sertoli's cell
: any of the elongated striated cells in the seminiferous tubules of the testis to which the spermatids become attached and from which they apparently derive nourishment
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