koilocyte

A squamous cell, often binucleated, showing a perinuclear halo; characteristic of human papillomavirus infection. [G. koilos, hollow, + kytos, cell]

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koi·lo·cyte 'kȯi-lə-.sīt n a vaculoated pyknotic epithelial cell that has either a clear cytoplasm or a perinuclear halo and that tends to be associated with certain human papillomavirus infections (as genital warts)

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koi·lo·cyte (koiґlo-sīt″) a concave or hollow cell, such as a normal red blood cell or one of the pyknotic vacuolated epithelial cells with clear cytoplasm seen in koilocytosis.

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