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Medical Term:

great alveolar cells


cuboidal cells connected with the squamous pulmonary alveolar cells and having in their cytoplasm lamellated bodies (cytosomes) that represent the source of the surfactant that coats the alveoli.

Synonym(s): granular pneumonocytes, type II cells, type II pneumocyte, type II pneumonocyte

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