ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: acanthocyte

An acanthocyte, also called a spur cell, is a type of red blood cell that has spines or abnormal thorny projections. These spines/thorns are made of protoplasm.

Acanthocytes are generally found in people who have liver disease or abetalipoproteinemia, also known as Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome.

The word is a combination of the Greek acantha (thorn) and -cyte (cell).
Tags: a, greek, noun, wordsmith: ellesieg

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