Thrombocytes

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Thrombocytes (platelets) are the type of blood cell. Their main task is to recognise a damaged vessel and make a blood clot. They are produced in the bone marrow by megakaryocytes[1]. They are the smallest of all blood cells with a size of only 20% of the size of a red blood cell[2].

The thrombocytes circulate as small cellular disks measuring 3–4 μm in diameter, with a lifespan of about 10 days[3].

Reference

  1. The Journal of Clinical Investigation (2005) Available at: http://www.jci.org/articles/view/26891 (Accessed: 19 October 2015)
  2. The Journal of Clinical Investigation (2005) Available at: http://www.jci.org/articles/view/26891 (Accessed: 19 October 2015)
  3. Pavelka M., Roth J. (2010) Thrombocytes. In: Functional Ultrastructure. Springer, Vienna
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