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The fibroblastic stromal cell of the cornea.
See corneal corpuscle.
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.
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.
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.
1. a flattened connective tissue cell lying between the fibrous tissue lamellae which constitute the cornea. The keratocyte has branching processes that communicate with those of other keratocytes.
2. a red blood cell with notches that results in projections that look like horns. Keratocytes occur when fibrin is being deposited within blood vessels as in disseminated intravascular coagulation.