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Red blood cell indices - blood Red blood cell indices(cont...

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blood Red blood cell indices (cont) Hemoglobin test is a measure of how much hemoglobin protein is in the blood. * The MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration) measures the average concentration of hemoglobin in a red blood cell. * calculated by dividing the hemoglobin by the hematocrit. * Categorizes red blood cells according to their concentration of hemoglobin. * Cells with a normal concentration of hemoglobin are called normochromic. * When examined under a microscope, normal red blood cells that contain a normal amount of hemoglobin stain pinkish red with a paler area in the center. * Categorizes red blood cells according to their concentration of hemoglobin (cont). * cells with a lower than normal concentration are called hypochromic . * Cells with too little hemoglobin are lighter in color with a larger pale area in the center. * Because there is a physical limit to the amount of hemoglobin that can fit in a cell, there is no hyperchromic category.
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