fibroblast

fibroblast

[fahy-bruh-blast]
noun Cell Biology.
a cell that contributes to the formation of connective tissue fibers.

Origin:
1875–80; fibro- + -blast

fibroblastic, adjective
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fibroblast (ˈfaɪbrəʊˌblæst)
 
n
a cell in connective tissue that synthesizes collagen
 
fibro'blastic
 
adj

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fibroblast fi·bro·blast (fī'brə-blāst')
n.
A stellate or spindle-shaped cell with cytoplasmic processes present in connective tissue, capable of forming collagen fibers.


fi'bro·blas'tic adj.
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fibroblast

the principal nonmotile cells of connective tissue; fibroblasts are large, flat, elongated (spindle-shaped) cells possessing processes extending out from the ends of the cell body. The cell nucleus is flat and oval. Fibroblasts produce tropocollagen, which is the forerunner of collagen, and ground substance, an amorphous, gel-like matrix that fills the spaces between cells and fibres in connective tissue.

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