he·​pa·​to·​cyte | \ hi-ˈpa-tə-ˌsīt , ˈhe-pə-tə-\

Definition of hepatocyte

: an epithelial parenchymatous cell of the liver

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Scientists have also discovered that hepatocytes, the metabolically active cells that constitute 80 percent of the liver, possess traits not seen in any other normal cells of the body. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body," 12 June 2017 Adding to the liver’s repair protocol, Dr. Grompe of Oregon Health and Science University said, is the extreme plasticity of hepatocytes. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body," 12 June 2017

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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he·​pa·​to·​cyte | \ hi-ˈpat-ə-ˌsīt , ˈhep-ət-ə- \

Medical Definition of hepatocyte

: any of the polygonal epithelial parenchymatous cells of the liver that secrete bile

called also hepatic cell, liver cell

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