acan·​tho·​cyte ə-ˈkan(t)-thə-ˌsīt How to pronounce acanthocyte (audio)
: an abnormal red blood cell having several unevenly spaced and variously shaped cytoplasmic projections with blunt tips
The presence of acanthocytes implies advanced liver disease and carries a worse prognosis.Bruce R. Bacon et al., Comprehensive Clinical Hepatology

called also spur cell

Dictionary Entries Near acanthocyte

Cite this Entry

“Acanthocyte.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!