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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: mī′ō-ep′i-thē′lē-ŭm

Definition: Spindle-shaped, contractile, smooth musclelike cells of epithelial origin that are arranged longitudinally or obliquely around sweat glands and the secretory alveoli of the mammary gland; stellate myoepithelial cells occur around lacrimal and some salivary gland secretory units.

Synonym(s): muscle epithelium

[myo- + epithelium]