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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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Peripheral smear showed severe anisocytosis, macrocytosis with microcytic RBC population and spherocytes, Nucleated RBCs= 3/ 100 WBCs, neutrophilia with hypersegmented neutrophils, metamyelocytes and myelocytes.
Previous literature report only three cases regarding carcinosarcomas of the spleen, with this being the first case presenting as microcytic hypochromic anaemia (1-3).
The treated section of superior colliculus of the rats showed evidence of hypertrophy and microcytic changes in the darkly stained DNA positive granules (plate 1B), while the treated section of the lateral geniculate body of the rats showed positively stained DNA granules of various sizes and shapes, with an indication of hypertrophy and microcytic changes (plate 2B).
Red cell indices including mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH) may confirm the presence of a microcytic hypochromic anaemia.
The son had a hemoglobin concentration of 108 g/L (reference interval 111-144 g/L), leading to a diagnosis of mildly hypochromic microcytic anemia with a normal ferritin value of 25 ug/L (15-142 ug/L).
Microcytic anemia was observed in 24% of the patients studied (Clark, 1998).
Lead poisoning may create a microcytic anemia due to interference with iron incorporation into the RBC and generate findings similar to those of iron deficiency anemia.
A 32-year-old white woman was admitted to our hospital for investigation of severe microcytic anemia.
A routine blood examination on admission revealed severe microcytic anemia.