Symptomatic Terms Ch. 6

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microcytosis

presence of small red blood cells

macrocytosis

presence of large red blood cells

anisocytosis

presence of red blood cells of unequal size (an = not, without; iso = equal)

poikilocytosis

presence of large, irregularly shaped red blood cells (poikilo = irregular)

reticulocytosis

an increased number of immature erythrocytes in the blood

erythropenia

an abnormally reduced number of red blood cells

lymphocytopenia

an abnormally reduced number of lymphocytes

neutropenia

a decreased number of neutrophils

pancytopenia

an abnormally reduced number of all cellular components in the blood

thrombocytopenia

an abnormally decreased number of platelets in the blood, impairing the clotting process

hemolysis

breakdown of the red blood cell membrane

immunocompromised

impaired immunologic defenses caused by an immunodeficiency disorder or by therapy with immunosuppressive agents

immunosuppression

impaired ability to provide an immune response

lymphadenopathy

enlarged (diseased) lymph nodes

splenomegaly

enlargement of the spleen

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