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Medical Term:

cardiac histiocyte


a large mononuclear cell found in connective tissue of the heart wall in inflammatory conditions, especially in the Aschoff body. The ovoid nucleus contains a central chromatin mass appearing as a wavy bar in longitudinal section.

Synonym(s): Anitschkow cell, Anitschkow myocyte, caterpillar cell

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