- a conjugated protein, consisting of haem and the protein globin, that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour. It combines reversibly with oxygen and is thus very important in the transportation of oxygen to tissuesSee also oxyhaemoglobin
C19: shortened from haematoglobulin, from haematin + globulin the two components
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The blood is coloured red by haemoglobin in blood corpuscles.
Haemoglobin is extracted from the blood of an ox and may be administered in bolus form.
The blood is usually deficient in haemoglobin, which is often only 40-50% of the normal.
In certain forms of anaemia it increases the number of the red corpuscles and also their haemoglobin content.
Alcohol prevents the haemoglobin of the blood from doing its office, which is to supply oxygen and remove carbon dioxid.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
Word Origin and History for haemoglobin
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