Definition of oat cell in English:

oat cell

noun

Medicine
  • A small oval cell with little cytoplasm and a densely staining nucleus, characteristic of carcinoma of the bronchus.

    [as modifier] ‘oat cell carcinoma’
    • ‘Small cell lung cancer, sometimes called oat cell cancer, is less common than non-small cell lung cancer.’
    • ‘A frozen-section diagnosis rendered during the thoracotomy was ‘tumor; probable lymphoma, small cell; rule out oat cell carcinoma.’’
    • ‘Small cell carcinomas, formerly called oat cell carcinomas, are easily recognized by pathologists, 3 respond to chemotherapy and irradiation, and are not a diagnostic problem.’
    • ‘While on a cruise, the patient met a man who claimed that daily self-medication with germanium had cured him of oat cell carcinoma of the lung that was diagnosed 15 years earlier.’
    • ‘Neuroendocrine carcinomas with features indistinguishable from pulmonary oat cell carcinoma can occur in a variety of extrapulmonary sites.’