C cell

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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
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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
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