stellate reticulum

stellate reticulum
stellate reticulum n a loosely connected mass of stellate epithelial cells that in early developmental stages makes up a large portion of the enamel organ

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the soft, middle part of the enamel organ of a developing tooth, the cells being separated by an increase in the gelatinous intercellular substance that forces the cells apart without breaking the intercellular connections, giving them a stellate appearance and providing protection later for the enamel-forming cells.

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