foam cell

noun

Definition of foam cell

: a swollen vacuolated macrophage filled with lipid inclusions that often accumulates along arterial walls and is characteristic of some conditions of disturbed lipid metabolism

Examples of foam cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 12-inch mattress includes specific types of extra support under the shoulders and hips and is composed of foam cells designed to be breathable. NBC News, "Best Presidents Day mattress sales, according to Consumer Reports," 17 Feb. 2020 Open-cell foam cells are filled with air, which gives the insulation a spongy texture. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Attic Insulation Your Home Needs," 13 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of foam cell

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Foam cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foam%20cell. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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foam cell

noun

Medical Definition of foam cell

: a swollen vacuolated macrophage filled with lipid inclusions that often accumulates along arterial walls and is characteristic of some conditions of disturbed lipid metabolism

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