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Descriptor English: Mast Cells
Descriptor Spanish: Mastocitos
Descriptor Portuguese: Mastócitos
Descriptor French: Mastocytes
Entry term(s): Basophil, Tissue
Basophils, Tissue
Cell, Mast
Cells, Mast
Mast Cell
Tissue Basophil
Tissue Basophils
Tree number(s): A11.329.427
A15.382.652
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D008407
Scope note: Granulated cells that are found in almost all tissues, most abundantly in the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Like the BASOPHILS, mast cells contain large amounts of HISTAMINE and HEPARIN. Unlike basophils, mast cells normally remain in the tissues and do not circulate in the blood. Mast cells, derived from the bone marrow stem cells, are regulated by the STEM CELL FACTOR.
Annotation: MAST-CELL DISEASE see MASTOCYTOSIS is available
Allowable Qualifiers: CH chemistry
CL classification
CY cytology
DE drug effects
EN enzymology
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
DeCS ID: 8579
Unique ID: D008407
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2002/07/02
Mast Cells - Preferred
Concept UI M0013089
Scope note Granulated cells that are found in almost all tissues, most abundantly in the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Like the BASOPHILS, mast cells contain large amounts of HISTAMINE and HEPARIN. Unlike basophils, mast cells normally remain in the tissues and do not circulate in the blood. Mast cells, derived from the bone marrow stem cells, are regulated by the STEM CELL FACTOR.
Preferred term Mast Cells
Entry term(s) Basophil, Tissue
Basophils, Tissue
Cell, Mast
Cells, Mast
Mast Cell
Tissue Basophil
Tissue Basophils



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