mastocyte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Mastzelle f, "feeding cell," coined in 1878 by immunologist Paul Ehrlich; "Mast" + Ancient Greek κύτος(kútos, cell). Not a cognate with the Ancient Greek root μαστός(mastós, (human) breast).

Noun[edit]

mastocyte ‎(plural mastocytes)

  1. (medicine) mast cell.

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