Definition of Russell body in US English:

Russell body

(also Russell's body)


  • A rounded acidophilic inclusion body, found in the cytoplasm of plasma cells and composed of immunoglobulin.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From the name of William Russell, Scottish pathologist, who described the body in 1890 ( Brit. Med. Jrnl 13 Dec. 1356) + body. In some forms from the genitive of the name of William Russell + body.


Russell body

/ˈrʌsl ˌbɒdi/