The nucleus of a monocyte may be band-shaped, as we see here. It is distinguished from a band in that it has a grayish, basophilic cytoplasm; many small, reddish granules; and a concentric nucleus. It differs from a band in that a band has pink cytoplasm, tan-colored granules, and a tendency for the nucleus to be eccentric. The nuclear membrane of a monocyte is thin and flexible, thus allowing the nucleus to have many shapes. The nucleus can be round, indented, oval, irregular, or banded. The nucleus may normally contain two or three indistinct, very small nucleoli.
Course Section: 03. Blood Smears Stained with Wright's Stain
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