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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


A blood cell (also called blood corpuscle) is any cell of any type normally found in blood. In mammals, these fall into three general categories:

Together, these three kinds of blood cells sum up for a total 45% of blood tissue (55% is plasma).

cell type Primary function Lifetime
Red blood cells transport of oxygen 120 days
White blood cells produces antibodies to fight infection days to years
Platelets blood clotting 8 days


A decrease in number of blood cells is called cytopenia. An increase, on the other hand, is called polycythemia.[1]


  1. Polycythemia vera

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