oat cell

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oat cell was in 1903

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“Oat cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oat%20cell. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

oat cell

noun
: 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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