Merkel cell

noun
Mer·​kel cell
variants: also Merkel's cell \ ˈmər-​kəl(z)-​ How to pronounce Merkel cell (audio) \

Medical Definition of Merkel 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

Learn More about Merkel cell

Cite this Entry

“Merkel cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Merkel%20cell. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Merkel cell

What made you want to look up Merkel cell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!