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megaloblast

[meg-uh-luh-blast] /ˈmɛg ə ləˌblæst/
noun, Pathology.
1.
an abnormally large, immature, and dysfunctional red blood cell found in the blood of persons with pernicious anemia or certain other disorders.
Origin of megaloblast
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; megalo- + -blast
Related forms
megaloblastic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for megaloblastic
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  • We can now say that the megaloblastic metamorphosis is not a purposeful process, and for the following reasons: 1.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • Since the fresh formation of red blood corpuscles by means of the megaloblastic method is clearly much slower.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • For this reason, the prognosis of megaloblastic anæmia, apart from the group of Bothriocephalus anæmia, is exceedingly bad.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • In agreement with this, "blood crises" are not to be observed in the megaloblastic anæmias.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
British Dictionary definitions for megaloblastic

megaloblast

/ˈmɛɡələʊˌblɑːst/
noun
1.
an abnormally large red blood cell precursor, present in certain types of anaemia
Derived Forms
megaloblastic (ˌmɛɡələʊˈblæstɪk) adjective
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megaloblastic in Medicine

megaloblast meg·a·lo·blast (měg'ə-lō-blāst')
n.
An abnormally large nucleated red blood cell found especially in pernicious anemia or in certain vitamin deficiencies.


meg'a·lo·blas'tic adj.
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