interstitial cellmedical dictionary

1. <plant biology> Cells lying between but distinct from other cells in a tissue, a good example being the interstitial cells in Hydra that serve as stem cells.

2. <pathology> Cells lying between the testis tubules of vertebrates and that are responsible for the secretion of testosterone.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)