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Medical Term:

balloon cell



  1. an unusually large degenerated cell with pale-staining vacuolated or reticulated cytoplasm, as in viral hepatitis or in degenerated epidermal cells in herpes zoster;
  2. a large form of nevus cell with abundant nonstaining cytoplasm, formed by vacular degeneration of melanosomes.
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