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whole blood

[hohl bluhd for 1; hohl bluhd for 2] /ˈhoʊl ˈblʌd for 1; ˈhoʊl ˌblʌd for 2/
noun
1.
blood directly from the body, from which none of the components have been removed, used in transfusions.
2.
relationship between persons through both parents.
Compare half blood.
Origin of whole blood
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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  • Who has not felt their whole blood run backward at sight of one of these folded fate-bearers?

    Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble
  • She had lost almost the whole blood of her body, and it was difficult to detect in her any symptoms of life.

  • So livid was his face, that one might have thought that his whole blood had turned to gall.

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • Then the sisters of the whole blood all together, Bridget and Alice Stiles, or their issue.

  • The whole blood pressure picture is at first elevated (Fig. 54).

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • He was saturated through and through with love of her—his whole blood was on fire as with some deadly poison.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • On coming up, they found the buffalo quite dead, and his whole blood sucked out.

  • But I should not be your own brother, my good sir; only your half brother; of the half, and not of the whole blood.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I know not why, but I put out my hand to clutch it; I grasped nothing but empty air, and my whole blood curdled to ice.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • And while a glow of fever warmed my whole blood, I buckled on my sabre, and taking my shako, prepared to issue forth.

British Dictionary definitions for whole blood

whole blood

noun
1.
blood obtained from a donor for transfusion from which none of the elements has been removed
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whole blood in Medicine

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

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whole blood in Science
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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