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fat cell

noun, Biology
a cell in loose connective tissue that is specialized for the synthesis and storage of fat.
Also called adipocyte.
Origin of fat cell
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Whereupon a gene downstream is activated, which produces a protein, which indirectly inhibits that fat cell from storing fat.
  • And it was worth every single chew, every heavenly swallow, and every single bloated fat cell lining my middle.
  • The purpose of this project is to understand how energy storage in the fat cell is controlled.
fat cell in Medicine

fat cell n.
Any of various connective tissue cells found in adipose tissue, specialized for the storage of fat, and distended with one or more fat globules, the cytoplasm usually being compressed into a thin envelope, with the nucleus at one point in the periphery. Also called adipose cell, adipocyte.

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