noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal red blood cell having spiny projections, found in the blood of persons with abetalipoproteinemia and certain malabsorption disorders.

Origin of acanthocyte

First recorded in 1980–85; acantho- + -cyte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

acanthocyte in Medicine


  1. A red blood cell characterized by multiple spiny cytoplasmic projections and found in acanthocytosis.acanthrocyte
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