crescent bodies


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crescent bodies

[kres′ənt]
1 (in a blood smear) large, pale, crescent-shaped cells produced from fragile erythrocytes as a blood film preparation is made.
2 large, round bodies with pink crescentlike margins found in the blood of some anemia patients. Also called achromocytes, selenoid cells.

ach·ro·mo·cyte

(ă-krō'mō-sīt)
A hypochromic, crescent-shaped erythrocyte, probably resulting from artifactual rupture of a red blood cell.
Synonym(s): achromacyte, achromatocyte, crescent bodies, ghost corpuscle, phantom corpuscle, Ponfick shadow, selenoid bodies, semilunar bodies, shadow (3) , Traube corpuscle.
[G. a- priv. + chrōma, color, + kytos, hollow (cell)]