neurosecretory cellmedical dictionary

Cells that have properties both of electrical activity, carrying impulses and a secretory function, releasing hormones into the bloodstream. In a sense, they are behaving in the same way as any chemically signalling neurone, except that the target is the blood (and remote tissues), not another nerve or post synaptic region.

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

(11 Mar 2008)