beta cell

noun

Definition of beta cell

: any of the insulin-secreting pancreatic cells in the islets of Langerhans

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Recent Examples on the Web Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make insulin. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "After years of skyrocketing costs, lawmakers across the US push for caps on life-saving insulin payments," 8 Feb. 2020 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019 Based on the work of Harvard University stem cell scientist Douglas Melton, Semma’s approach involves turning moldable stem cells into beta cells, the insulin-producing machinery that is mistakenly attacked by the immune system in type 1 diabetes. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 8 Sep. 2019

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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beta cell

noun

Medical Definition of beta cell

: any of various secretory cells distinguished by their basophilic staining characters: as
a : a pituitary basophil
b : an insulin-secreting cell of the islets of Langerhans — compare alpha cell

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