asteroid body

[ ăstə-roid′ ]

n.

An eosinophilic inclusion body having radiating lines, found in a vacuolated area of cytoplasm of a multinucleated giant cell, especially seen in sarcoidosis but occurring also in other granulomas.
A structure characteristic of sporotrichosis when found in the skin or in secondary lesions of sporotrichosis.
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