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Micrograph showing emperipolesis in a case of Rosai-Dorfman disease. H&E stain.

In medicine, emperipolesis is the presence of an intact cell within the cytoplasm of another cell.[1] It is derived from Greek (em is inside, peri is around, polemai is wander about).[2]

It is related to peripolesis, which is the attachment of one cell to another.[3]


It is seen in various conditions including:

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  1. ^ Emperipolesis. dictionary.com. URL: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/emperipolesis. Accessed on: 11 August 2010.
  2. ^ Emperipolesis. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 27th Ed.
  3. ^ Lyons DJ, Gautam A, Clark J et al. (January 1992). "Lymphocyte macrophage interactions: peripolesis of human alveolar macrophages". Eur. Respir. J. 5 (1): 59–66. PMID 1577151. 
  4. ^ Demicco EG, Rosenberg AE, Björnsson J, Rybak LD, Unni KK, Nielsen GP (July 2010). "Primary Rosai-Dorfman Disease of Bone: A Clinicopathologic Study of 15 Cases". Am J Surg Pathol 34 (9): 1324–1333. doi:10.1097/PAS.0b013e3181ea50b2. PMID 20679880.