from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cell found in connective tissue that contains numerous basophilic granules and releases substances such as heparin and histamine in response to injury or inflammation of bodily tissues.
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- n. A resident cell of connective tissue that contains many granules rich in histamine and heparin.
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- n. a large connective tissue cell that contains histamine and heparin and serotonin which are released in allergic reactions or in response to injury or inflammation
Partial translation of German Mastzelle, well-fed cell (from an early view that the granules were from phagocytosis) : Mast, food, mast (from Middle High German, from Old High German) + Zelle, cell.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Mastzelle f., "feeding cell," coined in 1878 by immunologist Paul Ehrlich. (Wiktionary)