argentaffin cell


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argentaffin cell

[är′jentaf′in]
Etymology: L, argentum, gleaming, affinitas, affinity
a cell containing granules that stain readily with silver and chromium. Such cells occur in most regions of the GI tract and are especially abundant in the crypts of Lieberkühn. Also called enterochromaffin cell, Kulchitsky's cell. See also carcinoid, carcinoid syndrome.

argentaffin cell

A cell that forms cytoplasmic deposits of metallic silver from silver salts, a histochemical reaction due to the serotonin (5 HT) secreted by argentaffin cells, which are located in the GI mucosa, are of neural crest origin, and are now commonly identified by more elegant and specific immunohistochemical stains for neuroendocrine cells.

ar·gen·taf·fin cell

(ahr-jen'tă-fin sel)
Cell containing granules that precipitate silver from an ammoniac silver nitrate solution.
See also: enteroendocrine cells

argentaffin cell

A cell in the epithelium of the stomach, intestines, and appendix that secretes serotonin.
See also: cell