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target cell



  1. an erythrocyte with a dark center surrounded by a light band that again is encircled by a darker ring; it thus resembles a shooting target; such cells appear in target-cell anemias or after splenectomy;
  2. a cell lysed by cytotoxic T lymphocytes, as in graft rejection.

Synonym(s): Mexican hat cell

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