megakaryocyte

noun
mega·​kar·​yo·​cyte | \ ˌme-gə-ˈka-rē-ō-ˌsīt How to pronounce megakaryocyte (audio) , ˌme-gə-ˈker-ē-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

Other Words from megakaryocyte

megakaryocytic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˌka-​rē-​ō-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce megakaryocyte (audio) , ˌme-​gə-​ˌker-​ē-​ō-​ˈsi-​ \ adjective

Examples of megakaryocyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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, 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 How to pronounce megakaryocyte (audio) \

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 How to pronounce megakaryocyte (audio) \ adjective

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