beta cell
noun Date: 1926 any of the insulin-secreting pancreatic cells in the islets of Langerhans

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • beta cell — n any of various secretory cells distinguished by their basophilic staining characters: as a) a pituitary basophil b) an insulin secreting cell of the islets of Langerhans compare ALPHA CELL * * * 1. the type of islet cell that makes up the bulk… …   Medical dictionary

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  • beta cell. — See B cell (def. 2). [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

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  • beta cell — /ˈbitə sɛl/ (say beetuh sel) noun any of certain basophilic secretory cells, as the insulin secreting cells in the islets of Langerhans …   Australian English dictionary

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