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noun Physiology.
  1. red blood cell.

Origin of erythrocyte

First recorded in 1890–95; erythro- + -cyte
Related formse·ryth·ro·cyt·ic [ih-rith-ruh-sit-ik] /ɪˌrɪθ rəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Measure out twenty minimal hæmolytic doses of hæmolysin, add to the erythrocyte solution on the test-tube.

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    John William Henry Eyre

  • Allow the erythrocyte and hæmolysin to remain in contact for fifteen minutes at room temperature.

British Dictionary definitions for erythrocyte


  1. a blood cell of vertebrates that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide, combined with the red pigment haemoglobin, to and from the tissuesAlso called: red blood cell
Derived Formserythrocytic (ɪˌrɪθrəʊˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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erythrocyte in Medicine

autoerythrocyte sensitization syndrome

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  1. A condition, usually occurring in women, in which bruising occurs easily, with the resulting ecchymoses tending to enlarge and involve adjacent tissues, causing pain in the affected parts; it may be a form of autosensitization or may be due to psychogenic causes.autoerythrocyte sensitization Gardner-Diamond syndrome psychogenic purpura
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erythrocyte in Science


  1. See red blood cell.
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