enterochromaffin cell


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enterochromaffin cell

enterochromaffin cell

Abbreviation: EC cell
An enteroendocrine cell that produces serotonin and is found in the small intestine. Enterochromaffin cells are very similar to the cells, found throughout the peripheral sympathetic nervous system, that are called simply 'chromaffin cells'.
See also: cell
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Most AET are serotonin-producing enterochromaffin cell tumors (Figure 1, c).
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