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MAST CELL

Bible DictionaryAids Glossary
a basophil (a type of granular white blood cell) that has left the bloodstream and entered a tissue. Mast cells release histamine and heparin, chemicals which mediate allergic reactions.
Bible DictionaryGlossary of HIV(AIDS)-Related Terms
A granulocyte<!-- (see) --> found in tissue. The contents of the mast cells, along with those of basophils<!-- (see) -->, are responsible for the symptoms of allergy.
Bible DictionaryNCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
A type of white blood cell.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.
Bible DictionaryDictionary of Medicine
A connective tissue cell whose normal function is unknown, the mast cell is frequently injured during allergic reactions, releasing strong chemicals including histamine into the tissues and blood that are very irritating and cause itching, swelling, and fluid leaking from cells. These allergic chemicals can also cause muscle spasm and lead to lung and throat tightening as is found in asthma and loss of voice.

 

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