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a large mononuclear cell found in connective tissue of the heart wall in inflammatory conditions, especially in the Aschoff body. The ovoid nucleus contains a central chromatin mass appearing as a wavy bar in longitudinal section.
car·di·ac his·ti·o·cyte(kahr'dē-ak his'tē-ō-sīt)
Anitschkow,(Anichkov), Nikolai, Russian pathologist, 1885-1964.
Anitschkow cell - a large mononuclear cell found in connective tissue of the heart wall in inflammatory conditions. Synonym(s): Anitschkow myocyte; cardiac histiocyte
Anitschkow myocyte - Synonym(s): Anitschkow cell
large mononuclear cells with an undulating, ribbon-like formation of nuclear chromatin. These 'caterpillar cells' are found in myocardium and thought to be macrophages or attempts at myofiber regeneration. Called also Anitschkow myocytes.