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Term: interrenal gland chromaffin cell
Note: This page represents a term created by the combination ("post-composition") of two ontology terms. For more information on the individual terms, click the hyperlinked name.
Name: interrenal gland
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Definition: An bilobed multi-tissue structure lateral to the notochord composed of an epithelium consisting of steroid producing cells interposed with chromaffin cells. The interrenal gland is embedded within the head kidney. The interrenal gland is the zebrafish functional equivalent of the mammalian adrenal cortex.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0001345]
Name: chromaffin cell
Synonyms: phaeochromocyte
Definition: A cell that stores epinephrine secretory vesicles. During times of stress, the nervous system signals the vesicles to secrete their hormonal content. Their name derives from their ability to stain a brownish color with chromic salts. Characteristically, they are located in the adrenal medulla and paraganglia of the sympathetic nervous system.
Ontology: Anatomy Ontology [ZFA:0009099]