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Definition: 'Howell-Jolly Bodies'

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Howell-Jolly bodies

Type: Term

Pronunciation: how′ĕl zhō-lē′

Definitions:
1. spheric or ovoid eccentrically located granules, approximately 1 mcm in diameter, occasionally observed in the stroma of circulating erythrocytes, especially in stained preparations (as compared with wet unstained films); probably represent nuclear remnants, staining with dyes that are rather specific for chromatin; the significance of the bodies is not exactly known; they occur most frequently after splenectomy or in megaloblastic or severe hemolytic anemia.

Synonyms: Jolly bodies

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