A cells

A cells

alpha cells of pancreas or of anterior lobe of hypophysis.

A cells

1. The GLUCAGON-secreting cells of the ISLETS OF LANGERHANS in the PANCREAS. Also known as alpha cells to distinguish from the beta cells that secrete INSULIN.
2. The cells of the adrenal medulla that secrete adrenaline.
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Tegetmeier, I separated two combs, and put between them a long, thick, square strip of wax: the bees instantly began to excavate minute circular pits in it; and as they deepened these little pits, they made them wider and wider until they were converted into shallow basins, appearing to the eye perfectly true or parts of a sphere, and of about the diameter of a cell.
The prisoners roomed two in a cell, but that day there was one left over, and he was the one.
When the young king, stupefied and crushed in every sense and feeling, found himself led to a cell in the Bastile, he fancied death itself is but a sleep; that it, too, has its dreams as well; that the bed had broken through the flooring of his room at Vaux; that death had resulted from the occurrence; and that, still carrying out his dream, the king, Louis XIV.