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a connective tissue cell that contains coarse, basophilic, metachromatic secretory granules that contain, among other pharmacologic agents, heparin, histamine, and eosinophilic chemotactic factor. These cells are involved in immediate hypersensitivity reactions and play a role in the regulation of the composition of ground substance.
[G. Mastszellen, well-fed c. (Ehrlich)]
mastocyte/mas·to·cyte/ (mas´tah-sīt) mast cell.
See mast cell.
mast cell(mast sel)
A connective tissue cell that contains coarse, basophilic, metachromatic granules; secretes heparin and histamine.
[Ger. Mastszellen, well-fed cell (Ehrlich)]
a mast cell.