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acanthocytosis

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noun acan·tho·cy·to·sis \ə-ˌkan(t)-thə-ˌsī-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of acanthocytosis

plural

acanthocytoses

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  1. 1:  the presence of acanthocytes in the blood Acanthocytosis on the peripheral smear may be caused by acquired liver disease …—Patricia A. Oneal et al., in Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology, 2009

  2. 2:  an abnormal state characterized by the presence of acanthocytes in the blood; especially :  abetalipoproteinemia hereditary acanthocytosis


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