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cells, scattered throughout the digestive tract and lung that are of several varieties and are believed to produce at least 20 different gastrointestinal hormones and neurotransmitters; they contain granules that may be either argentaffinic or argyrophilic.
en·ter·o·en·do·crine cells(en'tĕr-ō-en'dō-krin selz)
A family of cells with argyrophilic granules occurring throughout the digestive tract and believed to produce at least 20 gastrointestinal hormones and neurotransmitters.
Kulchitsky,Nicholas, Russian histologist, 1856-1925.
Kulchitsky carcinoma - a small cell carcinoma of the esophagus composed of Kulchitsky cells with neurosecretory granules.
Kulchitsky cells - cells scattered throughout the digestive tract believed to produce at least 20 different gastrointestinal hormones and neurotransmitters. Synonym(s): enteroendocrine cells
pertaining to intestinal hormones.
cells of the intestinal mucosa that produce hormones such as secretin and cholecystokinin.