prickle cell


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prick·le cell

one of the cells of the stratum spinosum of the epidermis; so called because of typical shrinkage artifacts that occur in histologic preparations, resulting in intercellular bridges at points of desmosomal adhesion.
Synonym(s): spine cell

prick·le cell

(prik'ĕl sel)
One of the cells of the stratum spinosum of the epidermis; so called because of shrinkage artifacts that occur in histologic preparations, resulting in intercellular bridges at points of desmosomal adhesion.

prickle cell

A cell with spiny processes that connect with similar processes of adjoining cells. These are found in the stratum spinosum of the keratinized epithelium of the epidermis.
See also: cell

prickle cell

a cell with delicate radiating processes connecting with similar cells, being a dividing keratinocyte of the prickle-cell layer of the epidermis.