Literally meaning: “ovalocytossis)
Origin: Anc Greek
ἔλλειψις/elleipsis (=deletion, absence )
+κύτος/cytos(=cell) > κυτίον/cytion(=box, small container)
Elliptocytosis is a hereditary blood disorder in which an abnormally large number of the erythocytes are elliptical (oval shaped) instead of the typical biconcave disc shape. The disorder is caused by cell membrane dysfunction leading to anemia.