interstitial cell

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interstitial cell A cell that forms part of the connective tissue (the interstitium) between other tissues and structures, especially any of the cells of the testis that lie between the seminiferous tubules and secrete androgens in response to stimulation by interstitial-cell-stimulating hormone (see luteinizing hormone).

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interstitial cells (Leydig cells) pl. n. the cells interspersed between the seminiferous tubules of the testis. They secrete androgens in response to stimulation by luteinizing hormone.