megakaryocyte

noun
mega·​kar·​yo·​cyte | \ˌme-gə-ˈka-rē-ō-ˌsīt \

Definition of megakaryocyte 

: a large cell that has a lobulated nucleus, is found especially in the bone marrow, and is the source of blood platelets

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Other Words from megakaryocyte

megakaryocytic \ -​ˌka-​rē-​ō-​ˈsi-​tik \ adjective

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To try to better understand this previously unknown effect of aspirin, cardiologist Deepak Voora of Duke University and his colleagues looked at cells called megakaryocytes, which give rise to platelets. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, "Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows," 1 May 2017 The end result of all this genetic manipulation: the platelets produced by the megakaryocytes did not clump together, which presumably prevented them from camouflaging cancer cells. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, "Aspirin May Prevent Cancer from Spreading, New Research Shows," 1 May 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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megakaryocyte

noun
mega·​kary·​o·​cyte | \ˌmeg-ə-ˈkar-ē-ō-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of megakaryocyte 

: a large cell that has a lobulated nucleus, is found especially in the bone marrow, and is the source of blood platelets

Other Words from megakaryocyte

megakaryocytic \ -​ō-​ˌsit-​ik \ adjective

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