- a type of epithelial cell that secretes mucin, so called after its shape.
Origin of goblet cell
First recorded in 1875–80
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- A mucus-secreting epithelial cell that distends with mucin before secretion and collapses to a goblet shape after secretion.beaker cell
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- Any of the specialized epithelial cells, such as those found in the mucous membrane of the stomach, intestines, and respiratory passages, that secrete mucus. The goblet cells distend with mucin before secretion and collapse to a goblet shape after secretion.
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