One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of somatic cell around which spermatids develop in the tubules of the testis.
- ‘All testes with mixed atrophy had dysgenetic Sertoli cells, although normal mature Sertoli cells were also found in 3 of these testes.’
- ‘Columns or ribbons of immature Sertoli cells are also frequently present.’
- ‘On the other hand, no Leydig cells were seen microscopically in case 8, with tubules containing only Sertoli cells, being absolutely devoid of germinal cells.’
- ‘The left testis contained numerous Sertoli cells and a few germ cells.’
- ‘Lying between, and nurtured by, the Sertoli cells, the primary spermatocytes undergo two meiotic divisions and cellular remodelling to produce mature sperm.’
Late 19th century: named after Enrico Sertoli (1842–1910), Italian histologist.
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