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noun Physiology.
  1. red blood cell.
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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.

    The Elements of Bacteriological Technique

    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
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Derived Formserythrocytic (ɪˌrɪθrəʊˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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erythrocyte in Medicine


Related formse•ryth′ro•cytic (-sĭtĭk) adj.

erythrocyte in Science


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