mast cellmast cell
Origin of mast cellfrom German mastzelle from mast, food (see mast) + zelle, cell from Old High German cella from L: see cell
Origin of mast cellPartial translation of German Mastzelle well-fed cell (from an early view that the granules were from phagocytosis) Mast food, mast ( from Middle High German) ( from Old High German) Zelle cell
(plural mast cells)
- A resident cell of connective tissue that contains many granules rich in histamine and heparin.
From German Mastzelle f, "feeding cell," coined in 1878 by immunologist Paul Ehrlich.
- attributive form of mast cell, noun.