from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A blood-corpuscle, especially an oval nucleated one.
  • n. See blood.


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  • The morning-sickness drug thalidomide, which was pulled from the market in the 1960s after causing birth defects, later was effectively used as a treatment for leprosy and multiple myeloma, a blood-cell cancer.

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  • The police said the Fuentes siblings and Mr. Leon were often contacted by sports coaches who kept them informed about schedules for sports events, and then crafted doping plans for the athletes, using banned drugs such as anabolic steroids and erythropoietin, a hormone used to boost red blood-cell production.

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  • Essentially, he called on doctors to "use the lowest dose" sufficient to improve a patient's red blood-cell profile.

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  • Each white blood-cell tally was a relative bargain at $250.

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  • Shannon played the role of Young Nala the lion cub in "The Lion King" for seven months before the blood-cell cancer was diagnosed in April.

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  • As you move down you get smaller in powers of 10, until the comparison is 'if the Hayden sphere is a raindrop, this (small lump) is the size of a red blood-cell'.

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  • But it still carries some risk of those, as well as of restlessness, decreased white blood-cell count, and a condition called tardive dyskinesia, or involuntary repetitive movements of the limbs and body that can become permanent.

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  • After adjusting for traditional risk factors, they found that a white blood-cell count in the upper quartile was independently associated with heart problems and death in older women.

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  • M.P.H., of the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, and colleagues studied 72,242 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 to assess white blood-cell (or leukocyte) count as an independent predictor of cardiovascular problems like a heart attack or stroke.

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  • Tip: High white blood-cell count may help identify people at high risk for heart attack or stroke but who don't exhibit traditional risk factors.

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