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Things you need to know about Erythrocytes.

How many microns are erythrocytes in diameter?

Answer: 8 microns

Does the erythrocyte have a nucleus?

Answer: No nucleus, it concave/dented.

How many erythrocytes does the average adult have in the body?

Answer: 4.5-5 million per cubic millimeter.

What is the function of the erythrocyte?

Answer: To carry oxygen from the lungs, provide all 7 solutes to the body and pick up waste.

The life span of a red blood cell (erythrocyte) is?

Answer: 120-130 days.

Where are RBC's (red blood cells) formed?

Answer: formed within the bone marrow.

What happens once the cell is formed?

Answer: The cell needs to mature, then it is released into the blood stream.

What is a "Reticulocyte"?

Answer: Reticulocytes are RBC's that have never matured.

What happens to erythrocytes once they become reticulocytes?

Answer: The become waste and are disposed of through the spleen and liver.

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