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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.
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(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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In erythrocytes, morphological alterations were anisocytosis, poikilocytosis, target cells, microcytes, spherocytes, polychromic RBCs, howell jolly bodies, immature nucleated RBCs and rouleaux formation.
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.
Schistocytes, anisocytes, macrocytes, microcytes, ovalocytes, helmet, and tear drop cells were present on the peripheral blood smear.
The blood smear has typical thalassemic features, including hypochromia, target cells, basophilic stippling, occasional microcytes, and red cell fragments [10].
Peripheral smear study of anemia showed microcytes with central pallor greater than 50% (hypochromic).
Microscopic examination of blood films obtained from naturally infected camels showed presence of different morphological changes in erythrocyte such as tear droplet cells, eliptical cells, microcytes, microcytes with nuclear remnants, paler cells, stomatocytes, hypochromia and polychromia (Fig.
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.