enterocyte

noun
en·​tero·​cyte | \ ˈen-tə-rō-ˌsīt How to pronounce enterocyte (audio) \
plural enterocytes

Definition of enterocyte

: any of numerous columnar, absorptive, epithelial cells that line the villi of the small intestine and have microvilli projecting from the cell membrane to form a brush border At age 28 years she had a small-intestine biopsy; the findings were not consistent with celiac disease but rather revealed lipid-engorged enterocytes.— Daniel J. Rader et al.

First Known Use of enterocyte

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enterocyte

probably borrowed from French entérocyte, from entéro- entero- + -cyte -cyte

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“Enterocyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterocyte. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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enterocyte

noun
en·​tero·​cyte | \ ˈen-tə-rō-ˌsīt How to pronounce enterocyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of enterocyte

: any of numerous columnar, absorptive, epithelial cells that line the villi of the small intestine and have microvilli projecting from the cell membrane to form a brush border The most abundant type of gut epithelial cell, the enterocyte, has many finger-like projections at its apical surface called microvilli, which are rich in digestive enzymes known as hydrolases.— Aparna Lakkaraju et al.

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