chief cell

chief cell .chēf- n
1) one of the cells that line the lumen of the fundic glands of the stomach:
a) a small cell with granular cytoplasm that secretes pepsin
b) a larger cell with hyaline cytoplasm and a mucoid secretion compare PARIETAL CELL
2) one of the secretory cells of the parathyroid glands

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