oat cell

noun

Definition of oat cell

: any of the small round or oval cells with a high ratio of nuclear protoplasm to cytoplasm that resemble oat grains and are characteristic of a small-cell lung cancer

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1903

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oat cell

noun \ ˈōt- \

medical Definition of oat cell

: any of the small round or oval cells with a high ratio of nuclear protoplasm to cytoplasm that resemble oat grains and are characteristic of small-cell lung cancer

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