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Dacryocytes are red cells that have a tapered end (in the shape of a pear, tear or tennis racquet). They are found in thalassemia (hereditary defect in the production of one of the two parts of hemoglobin) and in primary myelofibrosis, which is the infiltration of fibrous tissue in the bone marrow accompanied by splenomegaly (enlarged spleen).

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.