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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However, this system relies on erythrocyte volume and size, and the flow cytometer distinguishes erythrocytes on the basis of cellular diameter but cannot recognize dysmorphic erythrocytes with altered shape, such as acanthocytes or codocytes (8).