giant cell

giant cell
noun
: an unusually large cell; especially : a large multinuclear often phagocytic cell (as those characteristic of tubercular lesions, various sarcomas, or the megakaryocytes of the red marrow)

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giant cell,
an unusually large tissue or organ cell occurring naturally or associated with a pathological condition such as a tumor.

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