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fibroblast

[fahy-bruh-blast] /ˈfaɪ brəˌblæst/
noun, Cell Biology
1.
a cell that contributes to the formation of connective tissue fibers.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; fibro- + -blast
Related forms
fibroblastic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fibroblast

fibroblast

/ˈfaɪbrəʊˌblæst/
noun
1.
a cell in connective tissue that synthesizes collagen
Derived Forms
fibroblastic, adjective
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fibroblast in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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