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haematocrit

/ ˈhiː-; ˈhɛmətəʊkrɪt /

noun

  1. a centrifuge for separating blood cells from plasma
  2. Also calledpacked cell volume the ratio of the volume occupied by these cells, esp the red cells, to the total volume of blood, expressed as a percentage


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Word History and Origins

Origin of haematocrit1

C20: from haemato- + Greek kritēs judge, from krinein to separate

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