Caterpillar Cell


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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.
A cell with an elongated vesicular nucleus, central wavy chromatin and finger-like projections to the nuclear membrane. Caterpillar cells are variants of Anitschkow cardiac histiocytes—‘owl eye’ cells—aggregates of which are termed Aschoff nodules
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