fat cell


Definition of fat cell 

: one of the fat-laden cells making up adipose tissue

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Where: Weightless, 600 Distillery Commons, Suite 150, Louisville; Acqua Wellness, 10517A Fischer Park Drive, Louisville What: Uses infrared light to penetrate human tissue and stimulate fat cells. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 Once damaged, the fat cells are swept away by the body's lymphatic system. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What Are CoolSculpting and SculpSure, and Do They Actually Work?," 18 Apr. 2018 Coolsculpting works over a period of several months by destroying fat cells and at the same time contracting the skin over the area. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?," 29 June 2018 More specifically, Kybella dissolves the membranes lining our fat cells, causing them to spill their slippery contents, which are then gradually but efficiently expunged by the body’s own immune cells. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Kybella Debate: Why Some Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Are Reconsidering the Chin-Slimming Injectable," 30 May 2018 Here’s why visceral fat cells are so important to your well-being. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 Researchers in Canada found those with the most organochlorines — AKA pollutants found in pesticides that are stored in fat cells — are more likely to experience a halt in metabolism opposed to those who eat pesticide-free organic produce. Redbook, "23 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Increase Metabolism," 26 July 2017 Until now, researchers have identified about 300 different types of cells in the human body, including things like fat cells and neurons. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Human Cell Atlas Releases First Major Data Set," 20 Apr. 2018 Accelerated fat cell metabolism would essentially tackle obesity at its root biological level, rather than simply facilitate behavioral changes. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "This Obesity Fighting Drug Could Melt Fat and Lower Cholesterol—Without Suppressing Your Appetite," 5 Jan. 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of fat cell 

: a fat-containing cell of adipose tissue

called also adipocyte, lipocyte

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