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Microcytes are less than 6.7 µm in diameter. Notice that many of the red cells shown in this field are smaller than the nucleus of the lymphocyte and, in addition, have a greater area of central pallor. Hypochromic microcytic RBCs can be seen in iron deficiency anemia and thalassemia.