acanthocyte

noun
acan·​tho·​cyte | \ ə-ˈkan(t)-thə-ˌsīt How to pronounce acanthocyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of acanthocyte

: 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, 2006

called also spur cell

Learn More about acanthocyte

Cite this Entry

“Acanthocyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/acanthocyte. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on acanthocyte

What made you want to look up acanthocyte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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