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The fibroblastic stromal cell of the cornea.
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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.
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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
1. One of the cells of the main body of the CORNEA.
2. An abnormally-shaped red blood cell bearing horn-like projections. Keratocytes may occur in cases of poisoning or adverse drug reactions in which the red cells are damaged.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Main cellular element of the corneal stroma. It is a flattened, dendritic cell located between the lamellae with a large flattened nucleus and lengthy processes which may communicate with neighbouring cells. These cells have fibroplastic and phagocytic functions. Syn. corneal fibrocyte; fixed cell; keratocyte.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann