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enteroendocrine cells


Definition: cells, scattered throughout the digestive tract and lung that are of several varieties and are believed to produce at least 20 different gastrointestinal hormones and neurotransmitters; they contain granules that may be either argentaffinic or argyrophilic.

Synonym(s): enterochromaffin cells, Kulchitsky cells

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