mast cell

noun \ ˈmast- \

Definition of mast cell

: a granulocyte that occurs especially in connective tissue and has basophilic granules containing substances (such as histamine and heparin) which mediate allergic reactions

Origin and Etymology of mast cell

partial translation of German Mastzelle, from Mast food, mast (from Old High German) + Zelle cell


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mast cell

noun \ ˈmast- \

medical Definition of mast cell

: a granulocyte that occurs especially in connective tissue and has basophilic granules containing substances (as histamine and heparin) which mediate allergic reactions

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