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Pronunciation: si'to-som


  1. The cell body exclusive of the nucleus.
  2. Distinctive granule found in great alveolar (type II) cells of the lung that releases pulmonary surfactant on the alveolar surfaces.

Synonym(s): multilamellar body

[cyto- + G. soma, body]

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