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1. shaped like a new moon.
2. something with this shape. adj., adj crescen´tic.
Giannuzzi's c's crescent-shaped patches of serous cells surrounding the mucous tubercles in mixed glands.
sublingual crescent the crescent-shaped area on the floor of the mouth, bounded by the lingual wall of the mandible and the base of the tongue.

dem·i·lune bod·y

a circular body of extreme transparency except for a crescentic punctate substance on one edge, which contains hemoglobin. The body is much larger than a red blood cell, but is thought possibly to be a degenerated red blood cell swollen by imbibition; it has been found in malaria and in convalescence from typhoid fever; the transparent portion is called the glass body.
Synonym(s): demilune


1. A small body with a form similar to that of a half-moon or a crescent.
2. Term frequently applied to the gametocyte of Plasmodium falciparum.
[Fr. half-moon]


crescent shaped.

serous demilune
serous fluid-producing cells in glands; small canals connect the serous cells with the luminal surface.
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