Keratocytes

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Keratocytes

The prekeratocyte becomes a keratocyte when the vacuole ruptures, leaving a damaged cell that resembles a 'helmet' as seen in this image. Keratocytes are also referred to as 'horn' cells because they resemble a red cell with two horns.