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  1. Pathology. an abnormally small red blood cell.
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Origin of microcyte

First recorded in 1875–80; micro- + -cyte
Related formsmi·cro·cyt·ic [mahy-kruh-sit-ik] /ˌmaɪ krəˈsɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The so-called "microcytes" constitute an exception to this statement.

    Histology of the Blood

    Paul Ehrlich

British Dictionary definitions for microcytes


  1. an unusually small red blood cell
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Derived Formsmicrocytic (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈsɪtɪk), adjective
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microcytes in Medicine


  1. An abnormally small red blood cell that is less than five micrometers in diameter and may occur in certain forms of anemia.microerythrocyte
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Related formsmi′cro•cytic (-sĭtĭk) adj.
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