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

First Known Use of oat cell

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Oat cell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oat%20cell. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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oat cell

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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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