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Erythrocyte

noun; blending and clipping
A red blood cell
 
Studies of mice and humans with hereditary defects in erythrocyte shape and stability…
Etymology : Now International Standard Vocabulary, erythrocyte is rooted both in the Greek eruthros, red, and the prefix cyto-, meaning cell. This comes from the Greek kutos (perhaps from the Indo-European root keu-), referring to a hollow vessel. Metaphorical description explains the semantic shift.
Source : Science (the scientific journal)
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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