blood platelet

blood platelet
tiny bits of protoplasm found in vertebrate blood; essential for blood clotting
Syn: ↑platelet, ↑thrombocyte
Hypernyms: ↑protoplasm, ↑living substance

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noun, pl ⋯ -lets [count]

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