hematocrit value


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.

1890–95; hemato- + -crit < Greek kritḗs judge

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hematocrit he·mat·o·crit (hĭ-māt'ə-krĭt')
Abbr. Hct
The percentage by volume of packed red blood cells in a given sample of blood after centrifugation.

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    hematocrit   (hĭ-māt'ə-krĭt')  Pronunciation Key 
    1. The percentage by volume of red blood cells in a given sample of blood after it has been spun in a centrifuge.

    2. A centrifuge used to determine the relative volumes of blood cells and plasma in a given sample of blood.

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