- a small platelike body, especially a blood platelet.
Origin of platelet
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Platelet: a little plate or sclerite of chitin in a membrane.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
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- a minute cell occurring in the blood of vertebrates and involved in clotting of the bloodFormerly called: thrombocyte
C19: a small plate
Word Origin and History for platelet
1895, formed in English from plate + diminutive suffix -let.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A minute, irregularly shaped, disklike cytoplasmic body found in blood plasma that promotes blood clotting and has no definite nucleus, no DNA, and no hemoglobin.blood platelet thrombocyte
- Any of the numerous small, round cell fragments found in the blood of mammals that function in the clotting of blood. Platelets contain no nuclei and are formed in the bone marrow from precursor cells called megakaryocytes. Platelets contribute to the coagulation process by adhering to damaged blood vessels, fibrinogen, and other platelets. An inadequate number of platelets leads to uncontrolled bleeding.
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