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megaloblast

[ meg-uh-luh-blast ]

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.


megaloblast

/ ˈmɛɡələʊˌblɑːst; ˌmɛɡələʊˈblæstɪk /

noun

  1. an abnormally large red blood cell precursor, present in certain types of anaemia


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Derived Forms

  • megaloblastic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • mega·lo·blastic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of megaloblast1

First recorded in 1895–1900; megalo- + -blast

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Example Sentences

The megaloblast is probably a distinct cell, not merely a larger size of the normoblast.

Any nucleated red cell, but especially the megaloblast, may exhibit polychromatophilia.

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megalo-megaloblastic anaemia