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oxyphil cell


Definition: cells of the parathyroid gland that increase in number with age; the cytoplasm contains numerous mitochondria and stains with eosin. Similar cells, and tumors composed of them, are found in salivary glands and the thyroid gland; in the latter, also called Hürthle cell.

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