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an abnormal oval or elliptical erythrocyte, as seen in elliptocytosis. Called also ovalocyte.
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An elliptic red blood corpuscle found normally in the lower vertebrates with the exception of Cyclostomata; in mammals it normally occurs only in camels, hence cameloid cell.
Synonym(s): ovalocyte.
[G. elleipsis, a leaving out, an ellipse, + kytos, cell]
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(ō′văl-ō-sīt″) [″ + Gr. kytos, cell]
An elliptical red blood corpuscle.
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Schistocytes, anisocytes, macrocytes, microcytes, ovalocytes, helmet, and tear drop cells were present on the peripheral blood smear.
Non-spiculated variants include target cells, ovalocytes and stomatocytes.
N's vitamin [B.sub.12] deficiency could have been affecting his mental status; consequently, we ordered routine laboratory work-up that included a complete blood count with differential and peripheral smear, which showed macrocytic anemia and ovalocytes. We also tested his vitamin [B.sub.12] level, which was very low at 55 pg/mL.
The red cell morphology showed anisocytosis, poikilocytosis with occasional teardrop cells, spherocytes, ovalocytes, and a few schistocytes.