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An abnormally small red blood cell, characteristic of certain forms of anemia and often associated with iron deficiency.

mi′cro·cyt′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Biology) an unusually small red blood cell
microcytic adj
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Noun1.microcyte - an abnormally small red blood cell (less than 5 microns in diameter)microcyte - an abnormally small red blood cell (less than 5 microns in diameter)
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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Various morphological changes such as droplet cells, eliptical cells, macrocyte and microcyte in erythrocyte of infected camel were also observed with the help of light microscope.
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.
Phases Number of Number of Abnormalities Number analyzed abnormal of cells cells cells Metaphase I 142 32 Non-oriented 12 chromosome Stickiness 20 Anaphase I 162 48 Laggards 38 Laggards and 10 precocious migration Telophase I 190 16 Micronuclei 16 Prophase II 176 12 Micronuclei 12 Metaphase II 216 24 precocious migration 02 Stickiness 22 Anaphase II 130 46 Laggards 18 Stickiness 28 Telophase II 152 16 Micronuclei 16 Tetrad with 10 micronuclei Triad 11 Triad with microcyte 18 Tetrad 204 82 Dyad 22 Dyad with microcyte 10 Monad 07 Monad with microcyte 04
35% Table 4 Scoring grid Expert Grade Case Description MCV RDW Microcyte Macrocyte Normal (*) 92.
I've learned things like the difference between a microcyte and a macrocyte, something about the coagulation cascade, and what a chemistry analyzer does.
Abnormal red blood cells (RBCs) with low volume, including microcytes, schistocytes, and spherocytes, have been reported to be the cause of spuriously high platelet counts.
Peripheral smear study of anemia showed microcytes with central pallor greater than 50% (hypochromic).
A peripheral blood film showed mild anemia with microcytes, no significant polychromasia or poikilocytosis, and neutrophils with prominent granulation.
Peripheral blood smear showed important anisocytosis and poikilocytosis with hypocrome microcytes predominance.
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.