This paper is concerned with an attempt to put Norris' theory for the shape of the mammalian erythrocyte into a quantitative form. The theory supposes that the biconcave form of the cell is brought about by an expansive force enlarging the surface, and is also supposed to apply to the formation of the myelin forms of lecithn. The attempt is not successful, and is published merely because it is suggestive. Various points regarding the shape of the cell, the curvature of its surface, and the kind of system to which Norris' theory might be supposed to apply, are discussed, and an empirical formula is given for the curve which bounds the cross-section of the cell. This empirical formula describes the shape almost to perfection.

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