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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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