adjective Date: circa 1941 of or relating to epithelial cells of the intestinal mucosa that stain especially with chromium salts and usually contain serotonin

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  • enterochromaffin cells — endocrine cells whose granules stain readily with silver and chromium salts, and which are sites of synthesis and storage of serotonin. They are distributed throughout the body but are most frequently identified in the intestinal and bronchial… …   Medical dictionary

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  • argyrophilic cells — enterochromaffin cells that require exposure to a reducing substance before their granules will react with silver; they are located in the fundic and pyloric glands between the basement lamina and zymogenic cells. Cf. argentaffin c s …   Medical dictionary

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