goblet cell


Definition of goblet cell

: a mucus-secreting epithelial cell (as of intestinal columnar epithelium) that is distended at the free end

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Recent Examples on the Web This layer comes from some of the goblet cells your body needs to produce mucus. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyes Get So Damn Dry—and How to Fix It," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of goblet cell

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goblet cell

from its shape

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“Goblet cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goblet%20cell. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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goblet cell

gob·​let cell | \ ˈgäb-lət- How to pronounce goblet cell (audio) \

Medical Definition of goblet cell

: a mucus-secreting epithelial cell (as of columnar epithelium) that is distended with secretion or its precursors at the free end

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