C cell

(redirected from C cells)
Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

C cell

1. a cell of the pancreatic islets of the guinea pig;
See also: medullary carcinoma of thyroid. Synonym(s): gamma cell of pancreas
2. calcitonin-secreting round or spindle shaped follicular thyroid cell; ultrastructurally contains numerous 60-550 nm neuroendocrine granules; best identified immunohistochemically with antibodies to calcitonin. Synonym(s): light cells of thyroid, parafollicular cells

C cell

A calcitonin-secreting neuroendocrine cell found within the thyroid outside of the thyroid follicles. It is the cell of origin of medullary carcinoma of the thyroid

C cell

a cell type of the thyroid gland, situated between or within the walls of follicles, with numerous small membrane-limited secretory granules in the cytoplasm. The source of calcitonin. Called also parafollicular cell.

C C cell tumors
(ultimobranchial) adenomas and carcinomas occur most frequently in aged bulls, associated with vertebral osteophytes, osteosclerosis, ankylosis and spondylosis. Believed to be associated with the long-term intake of a diet high in calcium.