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ERYTHROCYTE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does erythrocyte mean? 

ERYTHROCYTE (noun)
  The noun ERYTHROCYTE has 1 sense:

1. a mature blood cell that contains hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the bodily tissues; a biconcave disc that has no nucleus

  Familiarity information: ERYTHROCYTE used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ERYTHROCYTE (noun)


Sense 1erythrocyte [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mature blood cell that contains hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the bodily tissues; a biconcave disc that has no nucleus

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

erythrocyte; RBC; red blood cell

Hypernyms ("erythrocyte" is a kind of...):

blood cell; blood corpuscle; corpuscle (either of two types of cells (erythrocytes and leukocytes) and sometimes including platelets)

Meronyms (substance of "erythrocyte"):

haemoglobin; Hb; hemoglobin (a hemoprotein composed of globin and heme that gives red blood cells their characteristic color; function primarily to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "erythrocyte"):

macrocyte; megalocyte (abnormally large red blood cell (associated with pernicious anemia))

megaloblast (abnormally large red blood cell present in pernicious anemia and folic acid deficiency)

acanthocyte (an abnormal red blood cell that has thorny projections of protoplasm)

microcyte (an abnormally small red blood cell (less than 5 microns in diameter))

reticulocyte (an immature red blood cell containing a network of filaments or granules)

sickle cell (an abnormal red blood cell that has a crescent shape and an abnormal form of hemoglobin)

siderocyte (an abnormal red blood cell containing granules of iron not bound in hemoglobin)

spherocyte (an abnormal spherical red blood cell)

target cell (an abnormal red blood cell with the appearance of a dark ring surrounding a dark center; associated with anemia)


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