Poikilocytosis is the term applied to the variation in shape assumed by the erythrocytes. The principal types of poikilocytosis, including the Greek terms and the main diseases in which they are found, are given in Table 2. The types most often seen are target cells, sickle cells or drepanocytes, spherocytes, ovalocytes or elliptocytes, teardrops, stomatocytes, and spicule formations. Actually, red cells may assume an infinite number of shapes.
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Course Section: 01. Description of Red Blood Cells
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