What is in blood?

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gsenviro | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Blood is composed of cells and cell fragments in an aqueous solution (plasma). Blood makes up about 7-8% body weight for an adult human being. Plasma constitutes almost 55% of the blood volume and contains almost 90% water. Red blood cells (or erythrocytes or RBC) make up for (pretty much) the rest of the blood volume and constitute about 45% of our blood. White blood cells (or WBC or leukkocytes) constitute only 0.7% of our blood. The RBCs transport oxygen (due to presence of hemoglobin) and carbon dioxide (to a lesser extent as compared to oxygen transport). WBC are part of our immune system and help us fight infections.

An interesting fact about blood: our blood is red in color, while that of some other species may have some other color. For example, insects have yellow or green blood.

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kandukurimaths | Student, Graduate | (Level 1) Honors

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the red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals, carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body.

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