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basal cell

noun, Cell Biology
any cell situated at the base of a multilayered tissue, as at the lowest layer of the epidermis.
Origin of basal cell
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for basal cell
  • Sure enough, the biopsy of her face revealed a basal cell carcinoma.
  • basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer.
  • He told her not to worry, it was probably a basal cell.
  • basal cell cancer is rarely staged, because it doesn't usually spread to other organs.
  • The doctor may use this type of biopsy to diagnose basal cell cancer.
basal cell in Medicine

basal cell n.
A type of cell found in the deepest layer of the epithelium.

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