beta cell

noun
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of beta cell

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

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1915

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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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