reticulocyte

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reticulocyte

 [rĕ-tik´u-lo-sīt″]
a young erythrocyte showing a basophilic reticulum under vital staining.

re·tic·u·lo·cyte

(re-tik'yū-lō-sīt'),
A young red blood cell containing a basophilic cytoplasmic network precipitated by brilliant cresyl blue representing residual polyribosomes; such cells become more numerous during the process of active blood regeneration.
See also: erythroblast.
[reticulo- + G. kytos, cell]

reticulocyte

(rĭ-tĭk′yə-lō-sīt′)
n.
An immature red blood cell that contains a network of basophilic filaments.

re·tic′u·lo·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.

re·tic·u·lo·cyte

(rĕ-tik'yū-lō-sīt)
A young erythrocyte that contains no nucleus but has residual RNA. The RNA can be visualized as granules or filaments when the cell is stained supravitally with new methylene blue. Normally, new red cells are released from the bone marrow to the peripheral blood as reticulocytes. They mature, losing the filamentous RNA in about 2 days. Reticulocytes comprise about 1% of circulating red blood cells. Increased concentrations are associated with hemolytic anemia and blood loss. Decreased concentrations are associated with ineffective erythropoiesis, aplastic anemia, and hypocellularity of erythroid precursors in the bone marrow.
See also: reticulocyte production index, erythroblast
[reticulo- + G. kytos, cell]

reticulocyte

An immature red blood cell (ERYTHROCYTE) that contains a network that can be stained blue with basic dyes. Reticulocytes appear in the circulation at times of increased red cell formation.

Reticulocyte

An early, immature form of a red blood cell. Over time, the reticulocyte develops to become a mature, oxygen-carrying red blood cell.

re·tic·u·lo·cyte

(rĕ-tik'yū-lō-sīt)
A young erythrocyte that contains no nucleus but has residual RNA.
[reticulo- + G. kytos, cell]
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