myoepithelial cell


myoepithelial cell
(= basket cell; basal cell)
Cell found between epithelium of exocrine glands (eg. salivary, sweat, mammary, mucous) and their basement membranes, which resembles a smooth muscle cell, and is thought to be contractile.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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