CBC, complete blood count

The complete blood count, or CBC as it is commonly referred to, is a report of the results of several tests on a whole blood specimen. For your edification, some of the elements of the CBC with brief explanation are presented in the table below.

Test Explanation Expressed As Expected Values
wbc, white cells number of white cells per cubic millimeter in thousands 5,000
hgb, hemoglobin level of oxygen-carrying
grams/100 cc age dependent
hct, hematocrit percentage of whole blood
that is red cells
percent age dependent
rbc, red cells red cells per cubic
millimeter of blood
millions 4.0-5.2
platelets platelets per cubic
millimeter of blood
thousands 130-400
MCV mean corpuscular volume - average
red cell size
a number age dependent

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