Literally meaning: “cell of different form”
Origin: Anc Greek
ποικίλος/ poikilos(=various, different)
+cyte (=combining form meaning “cell” derived from anc Greek word κυτίον/cytion (=box, container)
Poikilocyte is an abnormally shaped red cell (erythrocyte) such as a sickle cell, acanthocyte, or, elliptocyte which are detected in cases of various anaemias.