lipocyte


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lipocyte

(ˈlɪpəˌsaɪt; ˈlaɪpəˌsaɪt)
n
(Biology) a fat-storing cell found in the liver

fat′ cell`



n.
a cell in loose connective tissue that is specialized for the synthesis and storage of fat. Also called adipocyte.
[1910–15]
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Trauma alone, like acupuncture, may induce lipoatrophy, possibly via secretion of cytokines by macrophages that enhance lipocyte catabolism and inhibit lipogenesis.
2-4) Ischemic necrosis or other means of damage to lipocytes results in release of lipase, cholesterol, or other reactive materials, perpetuating a vicious cycle of inflammation.
In the acute phase of Hoffa's syndrome, inflammation occurs following impingement, fibrin-hemosiderin builds up in macrophages and degenerative lipocytes develop.
Adipocytes are lipocytes or fat cells, which have adipose tissues that are responsible for storing energy as fat.