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
Related formsmeg·a·lo·blas·tic, adjective
First recorded in 1895–1900; megalo-
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We can now say that the megaloblastic metamorphosis is not a purposeful process, and for the following reasons: 1.
Since the fresh formation of red blood corpuscles by means of the megaloblastic method is clearly much slower.
For this reason, the prognosis of megaloblastic anæmia, apart from the group of Bothriocephalus anæmia, is exceedingly bad.
In agreement with this, "blood crises" are not to be observed in the megaloblastic anæmias.
British Dictionary definitions for megaloblastic
Derived Formsmegaloblastic (ˌmɛɡələʊˈblæstɪk), adjective
an abnormally large red blood cell precursor, present in certain types of anaemia
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megaloblastic in Medicine
Related formsmeg′a•lo•blas′tic adj.
An abnormally large nucleated red blood cell found especially in pernicious anemia or in certain vitamin deficiencies.
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