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glossary of complete blood count (cbc) test terminology

HGB/HCT: Hemoglobin is an iron-bearing protein which is the red coloring matter found in blood.

MCH/MCV/MCHC: Mathematical relationship between red blood count size, red blood count number and hemoglobin concentration.

Platelets: Platelets deal with hemostasis and blood coagulation.

RBC (Red Blood Cells): Red blood count is the number of red blood cells. It relates to anemia and oxygen transport.

WBC (White Blood Cells): White blood count is the number of white blood cells. It helps combat infection.

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