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reticulocytosis

Pronunciation: re-tik'yu-lo-si-to'sis

Definition: An increase in the number of circulating reticulocytes above the normal, which is less than 1% of the total number of red blood cells; it occurs during active blood regeneration (stimulation of red bone marrow) and in certain anemias, especially congenital hemolytic anemia.

[reticulocyte + G. osis, condition]

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