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Acanthocyte is a general term meaning 'spiny cell'. AKA "spur cell" in more severe cases

  • In veterinary medicine, Acanthocytosis may be seen in dogs with liver disease or hemangiosarcoma.
  • In mycology, the term also refers to stellate cells found on the hyphae of fungi of the genus Stropharia. Recent work, published in 2006, on those of Stropharia rugosoannulata has shown them to have nematode-killing properties.[1]


  1. Hong Luo, Xuan Li, Guohong Li, Yanbo Pan, and Keqin Zhang (2006). "Acanthocytes of Stropharia rugosoannulata Function as a Nematode-Attacking Device". Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72 (4): 2982-2987. doi:10.1128/AEM.72.4.2982-2987.2006..

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