Charcot-Leyden crystals

noun plural
Char·​cot-Ley·​den crystals | \ ˌshär-ˌkō-ˈlī-dᵊn- How to pronounce Charcot-Leyden crystals (audio) \

Medical Definition of Charcot-Leyden crystals

: minute, colorless crystals found in bodily tissues or discharges (as of sputum or feces) that are released from eosinophils during degranulation and are indicative of an inflammatory response especially to parasitic infections or allergic states (such as asthma)

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“Charcot-Leyden crystals.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Charcot-Leyden%20crystals. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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