mastocyte


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Noun1.mastocyte - a large connective tissue cell that contains histamine and heparin and serotonin which are released in allergic reactions or in response to injury or inflammation
connective tissue - tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
somatic cell, vegetative cell - any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes; "somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells";
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Neither the term mastocytosis (abnormal growth of mast cells in the body), nor mastocyte (cell originating in stem cells from bone marrow and involved in mediating inflammatory processes) are included.
In experimental studies, platelet aggregation, mastocyte degranulation and histamine secretion have been shown to occur after trigeminal ganglion stimulation (2).
Furthermore, there was a significant reduction in mastocyte and eosinophil numbers in mucosa and lower levels of specific anti-H.