Definition of haematocrit in English:

haematocrit

Line breaks: haem¦ato|crit
Pronunciation: /ˈhiːmətə(ʊ)krɪt
 
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(US hematocrit)

noun

Physiology
  • 1The ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total volume of blood.
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    • This fluid is then centrifuged to leave a solution of red blood cells with a haematocrit of 0.5-0.6.
    • Her current white blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell indices are all normal.
    • The ratio of total body to venous hematocrit was calculated for all patients.
  • 1.1An instrument for measuring the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total volume of blood, typically by centrifugation.
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    • Last spring they warned about abnormal test scores that recorded high readings of hematocrit, a measure of the volume of red blood cells.
    • But because the haematocrit measure is not specific - it can only detect possible abuse - they do not use it.
    • Your hematocrit result has to be above a thirty-eight and I was just below that.

Origin

late 19th century: from haemato- 'of blood' + Greek kritēs 'judge'.

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