pneumocyte

SYN: alveolar cell. [pneumo- + G. kytos, cell]

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pneu·mo·cyte 'n(y)ü-mə-.sīt n any of the specialized cells that occur in the alveoli of the lungs

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n.
a type of cell that lines the walls separating the air sacs (see alveolus) in the lungs. Type I pneumocytes are flat and inconspicuous. Type II pneumocytes are cuboidal and secrete surfactant.

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pneu·mo·cyte (noo-mo-sītґ) alveolar cell.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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