chief cell

noun
\ ˌchēf- How to pronounce chief cell (audio) \

Medical Definition of chief cell

1 : one of the cells that line the lumen of the fundic glands of the stomach:
a : a small cell with granular cytoplasm that secretes pepsin
b : a larger cell with hyaline cytoplasm and a mucoid secretion — compare parietal cell
2 : one of the secretory cells of the parathyroid glands

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“Chief cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/chief%20cell. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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