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

From Chapter 11 The Cardiovascular System: Blood
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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