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noun Cell Biology.
a type of epithelial cell that secretes mucin, so called after its shape.
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Origin of goblet cell

First recorded in 1875–80

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Scientific definitions for goblet cell

goblet cell
[ gŏblĭt ]

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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