- a centrifuge for separating the cells of the blood from the plasma.
- Also called hematocrit value. the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to a given volume of blood so centrifuged, expressed as a percentage.
Origin of hematocrit
1890–95; hemato- + -crit < Greek kritḗs judge
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- The percentage by volume of packed red blood cells in a given sample of blood after centrifugation.
- A centrifuge used to determine the volume of blood cells and plasma in a given sample of blood.
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- The percentage by volume of red blood cells in a given sample of blood after it has been spun in a centrifuge.
- A centrifuge used to determine the relative volumes of blood cells and plasma in a given sample of blood.
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