A band cell (also called band
neutrophil or stab cell) is a cell
undergoing granulopoiesis, derived from a metamyelocyte, and
leading to a mature granulocyte.
It is characterized by having a nucleus which is curved, but not
Often the term "band cell" implies a neutrophilic lineage.
However, the term is not used only with neutrophils.
A count of band neutrophils is used to measure inflammation. An
excess is called bandemia.
Band neutrophil in peripheral blood film
Granulopoiesis (Myeloblast, Promyelocyte, Myelocyte, Metamyelocyte, Band cell)