One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stationary phagocytic cell present in connective tissue.
- ‘Among nonneoplastic cells, only hepatocytes and rare plasma cells and histiocytes show cytoplasmic positivity.’
- ‘Small clusters of lymphocytes and histiocytes were present throughout the tumor.’
- ‘Occasional plasma cells, histiocytes, and eosinophils were also present.’
- ‘Small aggregates of lymphocytes, plasma cells, and histiocytes were dispersed within the tumor.’
- ‘Multinucleated giant cells and single epithelioid histiocytes were often present in association with granulomas.’
Early 20th century: from Greek histion (diminutive of histos ‘tissue, web’) + -cyte.
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