- a cell in loose connective tissue that is specialized for the synthesis and storage of fat.
Origin of fat cell
First recorded in 1910–15
Also called adipocyte.
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- Any of various connective tissue cells found in adipose tissue, specialized for the storage of fat, and distended with one or more fat globules, the cytoplasm usually being compressed into a thin envelope, with the nucleus at one point in the periphery.adipose cell adipocyte
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