This cell is also a myelocyte, in spite of its slightly indented nucleus. The N:C ratio is 3:1 and the nucleus stains moderately heavily. The cytoplasm is pink. Students often ask which is more important in identifying cells - the nucleus or the cytoplasm. Both are important, but the age of a cell is better reflected by how heavy or dark the nuclear chromatin stains and its fineness or coarseness. Of course, in identifying cells the whole cell must be considered.
Course Section: 04. Immature Cells in the Granulocytic - Monocytic - and Lymphocytic Series
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