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 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. Damian Garde, STAT, "Vertex’s next act: a billion-dollar bet on a cure for type 1 diabetes," 3 Sep. 2019 Insulin, produced by beta cells in the pancreas, is responsible for breaking down glucose, and those with diabetes have lower insulin responses to food. Alice Park, Time, "Weight-Loss Surgery Dramatically Lowers the Risk of Early Death, a New Study Finds," 2 Sep. 2019 By the time diabetes is diagnosed, most of these insulin-producing cells, called beta cells, are gone. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "In milestone trial, experimental drug delays type 1 diabetes," 9 June 2019

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Beta cell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beta%20cell. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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