Thrombocyte

A platelet. Crucial to normal blood clotting. Although platelets are sometimes classed as blood cells, they are not. They are fragments of a large cell called a megakaryocyte (literally, a large cell).
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SYN: platelet. [thrombo- + G. kytos, cell]

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throm·bo·cyte -bə-.sīt n PLATELET
throm·bo·cyt·ic .thräm-bə-'sit-ik adj

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n.

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throm·bo·cyte (thromґbo-sīt) [thrombo- + -cyte] platelet.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • thrombocyte — [ trɔ̃bɔsit ] n. m. • fin XIXe; de thrombo et cyte ♦ Méd. Plaquette sanguine. ● thrombocyte nom masculin Synonyme de plaquette. thrombocyte n. m. BIOL …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • thrombocyte — [thräm′bə sīt΄] n. [ THROMBO + CYTE] 1. a small nucleated blood cell in most vertebrates, except mammals, that initiates the process of blood clotting 2. PLATELET (sense 1) thrombocytic [thräm΄ bōsit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Thrombocyte — De gauche à droite : érythrocyte, thrombocyte, leucocyte. Un thrombocyte ou plaquette est un élément figuré du sang, formé dans la moelle osseuse, mais qui se fragmente immédiatement en petits éléments. Les thrombocytes ne sont donc en fait… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • thrombocyte — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1893 platelet; also a cell with a similar clotting function • thrombocytic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thrombocyte — Thrombocytes are cells that play a key role in blood clotting. In mammals, thrombocytes are anucleated cell fragments called platelets. Nucleated thrombocytes of nonmammalian vertebrates differ from the mammalian plates not only in having a… …   Wikipedia

  • thrombocyte — Archaic name for a blood platelet …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • thrombocyte — thrombocytic /throm beuh sit ik/, adj. /throm beuh suyt /, n. Anat. 1. platelet. 2. one of the minute, nucleate cells that aid coagulation in the blood of those vertebrates that do not have blood platelets. [1905 10; THROMBO + CYTE] * * *       a …   Universalium

  • thrombocyte — noun A blood platelet …   Wiktionary

  • thrombocyte — n. blood platelet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thrombocyte — [ θrɒmbə(ʊ)sʌɪt] noun another term for platelet …   English new terms dictionary

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