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Definition: 'Smudge Cells'

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smudge cells

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. immature leukocytes of any type that have undergone partial breakdown, during preparation of a stained smear or tissue section, because of their greater fragility; smudge cells are seen in largest numbers in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Synonyms: basket cell2, Gumprecht shadows, shadow cells



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