fat cell


noun Biology.

a cell in loose connective tissue that is specialized for the synthesis and storage of fat.

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Origin of fat cell

First recorded in 1910–15

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Medical definitions for fat cell

fat cell

n.

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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