Chromophobe cell

Chromophobe cell
Chromophobe cell
Code TH H3.

The term chromophobe refers to histological structures which do not stain readily, and thus appear more relatively pale under the microscope—hence their "fear" ("phobia") of "color" ("chrome").


"Chromophobe" also refers to a type of renal cell carcinoma (distinct from "clear cell").[1]


  1. ^ ACS :: What Is Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma)?

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  • chromophobe — Resistant to stains, staining with difficulty or not at all; denoting certain degranulated cells in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. SYN: chromophobic. [chromo + G. phobos, fear] * * * chro·mo·phobe krō mə .fōb also chro·mo·pho·bic .krō… …   Medical dictionary

  • chromophobe — /kroh meuh fohb /, adj. 1. Also, chromophobic. Histol. not staining readily. n. 2. Cell Biol. a chromophobe cell in the pituitary gland. [1895 1900; CHROMO + PHOBE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Chromophobe — The term chromophobe refers to histological structures which do not take up colored dye readily, and thus appear more relatively pale under the microscope hence their fear ( phobia ) of color ( chrome ).PituitaryThe term is most commonly… …   Wikipedia

  • Cell — The basic structural and functional unit in people and all living things. Each cell is a small container of chemicals and water wrapped in a membrane. Each cell in the human body there are 100 trillion cells in each of us contains the entire… …   Medical dictionary

  • chromophobe cells — chromophobic cells small, faintly staining cells with scanty cytoplasm found often in clusters in the center of the cell cords in the adenohypophysis; their cytoplasm was formerly thought to be nongranular, but the granules are now known to be… …   Medical dictionary

  • chromophobe — noun Any cell that is resistant to staining See Also: chromophobic …   Wiktionary

  • chromophobe adenoma — chromophobic adenoma a pituitary adenoma composed of cells that lack acidophilic or basophilic granules; this is the same entity as the more precisely named null cell a …   Medical dictionary

  • chromophobe — adj. does not easily absorb stains, repels stains (Biology) n. cell of the pituitary gland which repels stains (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Oxyphil cell (parathyroid) — Micrograph of a parathyroid gland. H E stain. MeSH …   Wikipedia

  • Medullary chromaffin cell — Adrenal gland. (Medulla labeled at bottom right.) Latin endocrinocytus medullaris Code TH …   Wikipedia

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