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antiseptic

An agent that inhibits bacterial growth that can be used on human tissue.

bifurcation

The point of forking or separating into two branches.

hematocrit

The percentage by volume of packed red blood cells in a given sample of blood after centrifgation.

hemoconcentration

A situation in which the concentration of blood cells is increased in proportion to the plasma.

hemolysis

The destruction or dissolution of red blood cells, with subsequent release of hemoglobin.

plasma

The liquid portion of whole blood that contains active clotting agents.

serum

The liquid portion of whole blood that remains after the blood has clotted.

stat

With no delay; at once.

syncope

Fainting.

thixotropic gel

A material that appears to be solid until subjected to a disturbance, such as centrifugation, upon which it becomes a liquid.

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