megacaryocyte


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megakaryocyte

 [meg″ah-kar´e-o-sīt″]
the giant cell of bone marrow; it is a large cell with a greatly lobulated nucleus, and is generally supposed to give rise to blood platelets.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

meg·a·kar·y·o·cyte

(meg'ă-kar'ē-ō-sīt),
A large cell (as much as 100 mcm in diameter) with a polyploid nucleus that is usually multilobed; megakaryocytes are normally present in bone marrow, not in the circulating blood, and give rise to blood platelets.
[mega- + G. karyon, nut (nucleus), + kytos, hollow vessel (cell)]
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