acantho-, acanth-, -acanth, -acanths, -acanthid, -acanthous
(Greek: used either as a prefix or as a suffix; pointed appendages; spine, spiny; thorn, thorny)
acanthocyte, spur cell
An abnormally shaped erythrocyte, often appearing contracted, that has a small number of spurlike projections.
Acanthocytes are observed in blood films taken from some people with hemolytic disorders or following splenectomy.
Resembling a spine, spine shaped, spiny, spinous.
acanthologist (s), acanthologists (pl) (nouns)
A person, or people, who study spines or spiny creatures.
acanthology (s) (noun)
The study of spines, as in sea urchins or certain spiny-headed worms.
The separation of the cells of the prickle-cell layer from each other, resulting in the formation of clefts.
A tumor with a squamous cell component (a layer of skin epithelium made up of small scale-shaped cells); such as, adenoacanthoma.
Bearing, or having, spines.
Consisting of spiny feet.
In botany, relating to or designating a spiny, prickly plant part.