basal cell

noun Cell Biology.
any cell situated at the base of a multilayered tissue, as at the lowest layer of the epidermis.

Origin:
1925–30

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

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Example sentences
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.
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