Merkel cell

noun

Mer·​kel cell
variants also Merkel's cell
: a cell that occurs in the basal part of the epidermis, is characterized by dense granules in its cytoplasm, is closely associated with the unmyelinated tip of a nerve fiber, and probably functions in tactile sensory perception

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“Merkel cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Merkel%20cell. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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