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microcyte

[′mī·krə‚sīt]
(medicine)
A red blood cell whose diameter or mean corpuscular volume or both are more than two standard deviations below the normal mean. Also known as microerythrocyte.
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thalassemia major results in macrocytes rather than microcytes.
RBCs with abnormal shapes (e.g., spherocytes or elliptocytes) or sizes (e.g., microcytes or macrocytes) may not remain active in the bloodstream for the full 120 days, but may become sequestered and destroyed earlier.
Red blood cell morphology was suggestive of a microangiopathic process: microscopic examination indicated that five of the eight infants had mild to moderate (1+ to 2+) hemolysis characterized by the presence of microcytes, burr cells, spherocytes, and bizarre fragments.
Peripheral smear showed anisopoikilocytosis with normocytes, macrocytes, microcytes, ovalocytes, occasional spherocytes; normochromic and mildly hypochromic RBCs, increase in Rouleaux formation; severe leucopenia; neutrophils and lymphocytes almost equal with occasional monocytes; platelet count reduced and reported as pancytopenia.
The peripheral smear examination showed anisopoikilocytosis with macrocytes, microcytes, schistocytes, target cells, basophilic stippling, and hypochromia of RBCs.
Peripheral blood smear demonstrates marked poikilocytosis as well as some anisocytosis, though many are microcytes.10
In severe cases, elliptocytes may accompany microcytes and hypochromic red cells on blood films.
Microscopically paillomas had inverted pattern of growth composed of proliferating columnar epithelial cells with an admixture of mucin secreting cells and microcytes, none showed malignant dysplasia.