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a fragment of an erythrocyte, commonly observed in the blood in hemolytic anemia; called also helmet cell and schizocyte.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A variety of poikilocyte that owes its abnormal shape to fragmentation occurring as the cell flows through damaged small vessels.
[schisto- + G. kytos, cell]
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