An erythrocyte characterized by multiple spiny cytoplasmic projections, as in acanthocytosis. [acantho- + G. kytos, cell]

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acan·tho·cyte ə-'kan(t)-thə-.sīt n an abnormal red blood cell having variously shaped protoplasmic projections

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acan·tho·cyte (ə-kanґtho-sīt) [acantho- + -cyte] a spiculed erythrocyte with five to ten spiny protoplasmic projections of varying lengths distributed irregularly over its surface; seen in abetalipoproteinemia, malnutrition, liver diseases, and a few other conditions. Called also acanthrocyte and spur cell.

Acanthocytes (arrows).

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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