Meaning of crystalloid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪstəlɔɪd/


  • Resembling a crystal in shape or structure.

    ‘The crystalloid structures on occasion closely resembled or were remarkably similar to prostate crystalloids.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the crystalloid structures could be in the process of degradation within the lysosomes.’
    • ‘The majority of tumor cells displayed large, eosinophilic, rod-shaped crystalloid structures within their cytoplasm, easily visible on hematoxylin-eosin stain by light microscopy.’
    • ‘Secretions exhibiting crystalloid morphology were further analyzed for shape and size of crystalloids.’
    • ‘Often the fractured platelike secretions and crystalloid forms were associated with refractile spherical particulate debris.’
    • ‘Herein, we report the presence of collagen-rich crystalloids in the scarred, vascularized cornea of a 56-year-old woman.’
    • ‘The crystalloids varied in shape, including elliptical, ovoid, rodlike, cylindrical, and occasionally rectangular forms.’


  • 1Botany
    A small crystal-like mass of protein in a plant cell.

    • ‘In the monocots and a few paleoherbs, these crystalloids have a triangular shape, unlike all other flowering plants.’
  • 2Chemistry
    A substance that, when dissolved, forms a true solution rather than a colloid and is able to pass through a semipermeable membrane.

    ‘Larger scale studies may be needed if important clinical differences between colloids and crystalloids are to be found (including the possibility that dextran may worsen bleeding complications).’
    • ‘Resuscitation is mainly with crystalloids, but colloids may be required to restore circulating volume.’
    • ‘The choice of fluid to use for resuscitation varies widely, with some centers preferring crystalloid solutions while others use albumin or other colloid solutions.’
    • ‘Success in cannulation was ascertained by administration of a crystalloid solution without any signs of infiltration.’