an abnormal red blood cell having spiny projections, found in the blood of persons with abetalipoproteinemia and certain malabsorption disorders.
acanthocyte a·can·tho·cyte (ə-kān’thə-sīt’)
A red blood cell characterized by multiple spiny cytoplasmic projections and found in acanthocytosis. Also called acanthrocyte.
a condition characterized by large numbers of in the blood. acanthocytosis a·can·tho·cy·to·sis (ə-kān’thə-sī-tō’sĭs) n. A rare condition in which the majority of the red blood cells are acanthocytes. Also called acanthrocytosis.
any small, spiny-finned, sharklike fish of the extinct order Acanthodii, from the Paleozoic Era. Historical Examples There is no evidence that the lateral row of spines in the acanthodian Climatius has any other than a defensive significance. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3 Various
spiny; spinous. adjective resembling a spine; spiny acanthoid a·can·thoid (ə-kān’thoid’) adj. Shaped like a thorn or spine.
the study of spines, as in sea urchins or certain spiny-headed worms, particularly as they relate to taxonomic classification. noun the scientific study of spines Word Origin Greek ‘thorn’
acantholysis acantholysis ac·an·thol·y·sis (āk’ān-thŏl’ĭ-sĭs, āk’ən-) n. pl. ac·an·thol·y·ses (-sēz’) Separation of individual prickle cells from their neighbors, as in keratosis follicularis.