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elliptocytes

[elliptocyte]

a term pertaining to elongated erythrocytes, a shape form that differs from normal shapes (discocytes) by the oval form of the cells. Histologists refer to these cells also as cameloid cells. See also: ovalocytes.

Hereditary elliptocytosis has been shown to be caused by deletions in the gene encoding glycophorin C (glycophorin D) (Telen et al, 1991), leading to an absence of both proteins. This glycophorin deficiency is known as the Leach phenotype.

For other entries pertaining to hematopoiesis see also the Hematology Dictionary section of this encyclopedia.

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