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Medical Term:

C cell


  1. a cell of the pancreatic islets of the guinea pig;
  2. calcitonin-secreting round or spindle shaped follicular thyroid cell; ultrastructurally contains numerous 60–550 nm neuroendocrine granules; best identified immunohistochemically with antibodies to calcitonin.

Synonym(s): gamma cell of pancreas

See Also: medullary carcinoma of thyroid

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