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microcytosis

presence of small red blood cells

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macrocytosis

presence of large red blood cells

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anisocytosis

presence of red blood cells of unequal size (an = not; iso = equal)

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poikilocytosis

presence of large, irregularly shaped red blood cells (poikilo = irregular)

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reticulocytosis

an increased number of immature erythrocytes in the blood

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erythropenia

an abnormally reduced number of red blood cells

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lymphocytopenia

an abnormally reduced number of lymphocytes

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neutropenia

an abnormally reduced number of neutrophils

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pancytopenia

an abnormally reduced number of all cellular components in the blood

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thrombocytopenia

an abnormally reduced number of platelets in the blood, impairing the clotting process

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hemolysis

breakdown of the red blood cell membrane

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immunocompromised

impaired immunologic defenses caused by an immunodeficiency disorder or by therapy with immunosuppressive agents

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immunosuppression

impaired ability to provide an immune response

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lymphadenopathy

enlarged lymph nodes

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splenomegaly

enlargement of the spleen

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