target cell

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target cell

n.
1. A cell selectively affected by a particular agent, such as a virus, drug, or hormone.
2. An abnormal red blood cell having a dark center surrounded by a light band that is itself encircled by a darker ring, seen in certain anemias and after splenectomy.
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Noun1.target cell - any cell that has a specific receptor for an antigen or antibody or hormone or drug, or is the focus of contact by a virus or phagocyte or nerve fiber etc.
somatic cell, vegetative cell - any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes; "somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells";
2.target cell - an abnormal red blood cell with the appearance of a dark ring surrounding a dark center; associated with anemia
erythrocyte, RBC, red blood cell - a mature blood cell that contains hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the bodily tissues; a biconcave disc that has no nucleus
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It reveals that the frequency of erythrocytes with pear shape and leptocyte in groups E-G while the frequency of microcyte and lobed nuclei was significantly higher in birds of groups F-G throughout the experiment as compared to control group.
In the present study, various morphological anomalies such as leptocyte, microcyte, cytoplasmic vacuolation of erythrocytes and erythrocytes with pear shapein birds exposed to arsenic alone at higher levels and copper sulphate might be due to over production of lipid peroxidation products.
Leptocytes are seen in severe iron deficiency, thalassemia and liver diseases [37].