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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]
schistocyte/schis·to·cyte/ (shis´-) (skis´to-sīt) burr cell; a fragment of an erythrocyte, commonly observed in the blood in hemolytic anemia.
A red blood cell having an abnormal shape as a result of fragmentation that occurs as the cell flows through damaged small vessels.
Etymology: Gk, schistos, cleft, kytos, cell
an erythrocyte cell fragment characteristic of hemolysis or cell fragmentation associated with severe burns, microangiopathic hemolytic anemias, and intravascular coagulation. Also called schizocyte.
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
a fragment of an erythrocyte, commonly observed in the blood in hemolytic anemia.