burr cell


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burr cell

a crenated red blood cell.

burr cell

Etymology: ME, burre + L, cella, storeroom
a form of mature erythrocyte in which the cells or cell fragments have spicules, or tiny projections, on the surface.

burr cell

Hematology RBCs with regular spines or bumps on the surface, most commonly associated with snake bites, uremia, pyrokinase deficiency

burr cell

An erythrocyte with 10 to 30 spicules distributed over the surface of the cell, as seen in heart disease, stomach cancer, kidney disease, and dehydration. Synonym: echinocyte
See also: cell