fat cell


Definition of fat cell

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

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It is thought that, under the right conditions, fat cells chat with muscle cells, and muscle cells whisper to brain cells and everybody seems to want to be buddies with the liver. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "The Mysterious Interior World of Exercise," 24 Jan. 2018 Crystalized fat cells are naturally metabolized and eliminated by the body over the course of several weeks. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Your body will slowly excrete the fat cells over a period of three months, revealing noticeable fat loss results that last forever. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 CoolScultping technology targets the fat cells beneath the skin, cooling them to a temperature that causes them to die off and eventually be metabolized by the body over the course of eight to 12 weeks. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Selfie awareness' has millennials turning to double chin removal procedures," 21 Sep. 2018 The fat cells are then disposed and can never return to the area they were suctioned from. Bryce Gruber, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Bra Bulge," 29 Mar. 2016 The sheer abundance of fatty acids overwhelms the fat cells, causing them to malfunction and die, after which, they're metabolized by the body and excreted as waste. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "What Is EMSulpt? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Body-Contouring Treatment," 17 Sep. 2018 The authors chose fat cells, which typically don't trigger an immune response when transplanted to a new animal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Drugs that kill off old cells may limit a body’s aging," 10 July 2018 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

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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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