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
First Known Use: 1888See Words from the same year
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
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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