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trachoma bodies


Definition: distinctive, complex, intracytoplasmic forms found in the conjunctival epithelial cells of people in the acute phase of trachoma, less frequently in later stages, varying from 1) discrete acidophilic granules (approximately 250 nm in diameter), to 2) irregular clumps of such material embedded in a basophilic matrix, to 3) relatively large basophilic bodies (approximately 700–1000 nm in diameter), to 4) large basophilic bodies that include discrete, tiny, acidophilic granules.

Synonym(s): Halberstaedter-Prowazek bodies, Prowazek-Greeff bodies

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