cytomegalic cells

cy·to·meg·a·lic cells

cells containing large intranuclear and intracytoplasmic cytomegalic inclusion bodies caused by Cytomegalovirus; a member of the family Herpesviridae.
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19) Histologic sections routinely stained by hematoxylin-eosin (Figure, A) can detect CMV-infected cells, as they are cytomegalic cells, typically 2- to 4-fold larger than normal, containing basophilic intranuclear inclusion bodies (Cowdry bodies") surrounded by a clear halo, giving the appearance of an "owl's eye.
Caption: A, Photomicrograph of hematoxylin-eosin-stained slide at high power showing cytomegalic cells containing basophilic intranuclear inclusion bodies ("Cowdry bodies") (*) and cells with a thickened nuclear membrane and smaller granular intracytoplasmic inclusions (#).
Other investigators support the role of characteristic cytomegalic cells with intranuclear inclusions on cytologic examinations of CSF specimens (2,7).