erythrocyte shape description (was: Re: Erythrocyte

Sam Michaelson sam.michaelson at
Wed Sep 23 18:21:01 EST 1998

geoffhatt at wrote:

>   Could anyone tell me the medical name for the shape of these blood
> cell
>   thanks Geoff

I have heard them being referred to as 'biconcave'.  Interestingly
enough, I once had a colleague try to describe a foam rubber
vibration-damping widget to me, without much success, until he said
"It's shaped like an erythrocyte", then I knew exactly what he was
talking about.

On the topic of
technically-accurate-but-obscure-and-relatively-unhelpful description,
is there a technically correct description for the shape of a kidney,
other than 'kidney shaped' ?

Sam Michaelson

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