a yellowish-white layer consisting of leukocytes that, upon centrifugation of blood, covers the red blood cells.
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Origin of buffy coat
First recorded in 1790–1800
Words nearby buffy coat
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Medical definitions for buffy coat
[ bŭf′ē ]
The upper, lighter portion of the blood clot occurring when coagulation is delayed or when blood has been centrifuged.
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