Definition of amacrine cell in English:

amacrine cell


  • A small nerve cell within the retina which has dendrites but no axon.

    • ‘Its pathogenesis is thought to involve cone and amacrine cell dysfunction in the retina.’
    • ‘Interestingly, our results indicate that signalling through different pathways can have convergent effects on amacrine cell function.’
    • ‘The best-studied amacrine cell synapses are those made onto ganglion cells and the feedback synapses made onto bipolar cells.’
    • ‘One of the major objectives of our work is to understand how the function of amacrine cell synapses is modulated.’


Early 20th century: from a- ‘not’ + Greek makros large + is, in- sinew or strip.


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