Sertoli cell

noun Ser·to·li cell \ ˌsər-ˈtō-lē- \

Definition of Sertoli cell

:one of the elongated striated cells lining the seminiferous tubules that support and apparently nourish the spermatids

Origin and Etymology of sertoli cell

Enrico Sertoli †1910 Italian histologist


Medical Dictionary

Sertoli cell

noun Ser·to·li cell \ ˈsert-ə-lē- , ser-ˈtō-lē- \
variants: also Sertoli's cell play \-lēz-\

medical Definition of Sertoli 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

Biographical Note for sertoli cell

  • Sertoli \ser-ˈtō-lē\, Enrico (1842–1910), Italian physiologist. In 1865 Sertoli identified and described the branched cells in the seminiferous tubules of the human testicle; the cells are now known as Sertoli cells. He went on to study the anatomy of the testicle and spermatogenesis.

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