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bas·ket cell

1. a neuron enmeshing the cell body of another neuron with its terminal axon ramifications;
2. Synonym(s): smudge cells
3. a myoepithelial cell with branching processes that occurs basal to the secretory cells of certain salivary gland and lacrimal gland alveoli.

basket cell

Etymology: L, bascauda, dishpan
1 deep stellate cells (neurons) of the cerebral cortex with a horizontal axon that sends out branches. Each axon branch or collateral breaks up into a basketlike mesh that surrounds a Purkinje cell.
2 myoepithelial cells of mammary glands stimulated by oxytocin.

basket cell

Hematology Fragile cell, smudge cell A fragmented and degenerated WBC in a peripheral blood smear, with a bare nucleus partially surrounded by a coarse network of splayed, red-purple nucleoplasm, which may be seen in normal subjects and ↑ in atypical lymphocytosis, CLL, AML, and CML, thus being similar in origin to 'smudge' cells.

bas·ket cell

(bas'kĕt sel)
1. A neuron enmeshing the cell body of another neuron with its terminal axon ramifications.
2. Synonym(s): smudge cells.
3. A myoepithelial cell with branching processes that occurs basal to the secretory cells of certain salivary gland and lacrimal gland alveoli.

basket cell

see basket cell.