schistocyte(redirected from fragmented red cell)
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A variety of poikilocyte that owes its abnormal shape to fragmentation occurring as the cell flows through damaged small vessels.
[schisto- + G. kytos, cell]
A red blood cell having an abnormal shape as a result of fragmentation that occurs as the cell flows through damaged small vessels.
schistocyteA fragmented red cell which arises from either an intrinsic increase in cell fragility or due to intravascular rugosities that traumatise cells; schistocytes are a nonspecific finding seen in hemolysis, trauma, prosthetic heart valves, megaloblastic and microangiopathic anaemioccidianhemolytic uremic syndrome, TTP.
1. The fibroblastic stromal cell of the cornea.
2. A variety of poikilocyte that owes its abnormal shape to fragmentation occurring as the cell flows through damaged small vessels.
schistocyte(skis'to-sit) [? + kytos, cell]
A fragmented red blood cell that appears in the blood in a variety of bizarre shapes, from small triangular forms to round cells with irregular surfaces. Schistocytes are found in patients with hemolytic anemias, severe burns, and several other conditions. Synonym: schizocyte See: illustrationillustration