complete blood count

Pronunciation: (kum-PLEET blud kownt)

A measure of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood. The amount of hemoglobin (substance in the blood that carries oxygen) and the hematocrit (the amount of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells) are also measured. A complete blood count is used to help diagnose and monitor many conditions. Also called blood cell count, CBC, and full blood count.

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Complete blood count (CBC). Blood is collected by inserting a needle into a vein and allowing the blood to flow into a tube. The blood sample is sent to the laboratory and the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are counted. The CBC is used to test for, diagnose, and monitor many different conditions.Recuento sanguíneo completo (RSC). Se extrae sangre introduciendo una aguja en una vena y se permite que la sangre fluya hacia un tubo. La muestra de sangre se envía al laboratorio y se cuentan los glóbulos rojos, los glóbulos blancos y las plaquetas. El RSC se usa para examinar, diagnosticar y vigilar muchas afecciones distintas. Date last modified: 2012-08-14