goblet cell

noun

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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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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goblet cell

noun
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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