(a) Any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells. (b) Milk somatic cells are primarily leukocytes (white blood cells) and some epithelial cells shed from the lining of the mammary gland. The leukocytes are derived from blood and consist of macrophages, lymphocytes, and polymorphonuclear cells, primarily neutrophils (PMN). Normal milk does contain somatic cells, and the concentration of these cells is almost always less than 100,000 cells/ml in milk from uninfected/uninflamed mammary quarters.

Keywords:SOMATIC CELLS   Doc ID:56496
Owner:Antonio A.Group:DS 414 Ruminant Nutrition
Created:2015-09-17 11:39 CDTUpdated:2020-08-30 15:36 CDT
Sites:DS 414 Ruminant Nutrition, DS 825 Ruminant Nutrition Physiology
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