complex connective tissue in which living blood cells
nonliving fluid matrix
total volume of a blood sample
RBCs, function primarily to ferry oxygen in blood to all cells of the body
an iron- containing protein, transports the bulk of the oxygen that is carried in the blood
polycythemia an excessive or increase in the number of erythrocytes
WBCs are far less numerous than red blood cells, they are crucial to body defense against disease
indicates that a bacterial or viral infection is stewing in the body
abnormally low WBC count
granule containing WBCs
ex: neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils
lack visible cytoplasmic granules
ex: lymphocytes, monocytes
fragments of extraordinarily large multinucleate cells
blood cell formation
stem cell which resides in red bone marrow
rate of erythrocyte production controlled by this hormone
stoppage of blood flow
causes the blood vessel to go into spasms
factor that plays a key role in the clotting process
a clot that develops and persists in an unbroken blood vessel
thrombus that breaks away from the wall and floats into the blood stream
results in an insufficient number of circulating platelets
binding of the antibodies causes the RBCs to clump
ABO blood groups
type A and type B
Rh blood groups
named after monkeys
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