One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A phagocytic cell which forms the lining of the sinusoids of the liver and is involved in the breakdown of red blood cells.
- ‘It can be identified in canaliculi, in hepatocytes, and in Kupffer cells.’
- ‘Iron deposition in the bile ductal epithelium and Kupffer cells was minimal.’
- ‘Normally, immune complexes are rapidly removed from the bloodstream by macrophages in the spleen, and Kupffer cells in the liver.’
- ‘They then watched as sporozoites traversed Kupffer cells using a special process distinct from ordinary parasite locomotion.’
- ‘In this organ, proliferation of the Kupffer cells is noted after the injections have been continued for a very long time.’
Early 20th century: named after Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer (1829–1902), Bavarian anatomist.
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