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ba·sal cell

a cell of the deepest layer of stratified epithelium.
Synonym(s): basilar cell
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basal cell

n.
A type of cell found in the deepest layer of the epithelium.
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basal cell

A relatively undifferentiated epithelial cell, which gives rise to more specialised cells.
 
Dermatology
In the stratified squamous epithelium of the skin, the basal cells of the epidermis (stratum basale) give rise by unequal division to other basal cells (BCs) and to cells that progress through the spinous, granular and horny layers, becoming increasingly keratinised; the outermost cells eventually slough as squames.

Olfaction
In the olfactory mucosa, BCs give rise to olfactory and sustentacular cells.

Urology
In epididymal cells, the function of BCs is unclear; they likely serve as urothelial stem cells.
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ba·sal cell

(bā'săl sel)
A cell of the deepest layer of stratified epithelium.
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basal cell

A cell of the single-cell-thick lowest layer of epithelia, such as the epidermis of the skin, from which all the more superficial layers are derived by MITOSIS.
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ba·sal cell

(bā'săl sel)
Cell of the deepest layer of stratified epithelium.
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