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whole blood

[ hohl -bluhd for 1; hohl -bluhd for 2 ]
/ ˈhoʊl ˈblʌd for 1; ˈhoʊl ˌblʌd for 2 /
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noun

blood directly from the body, from which none of the components have been removed, used in transfusions.
relationship between persons through both parents.

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Origin of whole blood

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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British Dictionary definitions for whole blood

whole blood

noun

blood obtained from a donor for transfusion from which none of the elements has been removed
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Medical definitions for whole blood

whole blood

n.

Blood from which no constituent such as plasma or platelets has been removed.
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Scientific definitions for whole blood

whole blood
[ hōl ]

Blood from which no constituent, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, or platelets, has been removed. Whole blood is commonly obtained through blood donation and can be transfused directly or broken down into blood components that can be transfused separately.
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