Objective 1 Describe the important components and major functions of blood.

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From Chapter 11 The Cardiovascular System: Blood

red and white blood cells, and platelets

The formed elements of the blood consist of

dissolved proteins

Loos connective tissue and cartilage contain a network of insoluble fibers, whereas plasma, a fluid connective tissue, contains

carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs

Blood transports dissolved gases, bringing oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and carrying

white blood cells and antibodies

The "patrol agents" in the blood that defend the body against toxins and pathogens are

plasma and formed elements

The unique composition of whole blood consists of

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