what is difference between plasma and red blood cells?
Erythrocytes, or red blood cells are donut shaped blood cells which lack a nucleus when mature and are constantly being replaced by the bone marrow and spleen. They contain hemoglobin, a red pigment that is able to transport oxygen as oxyhemoglobin to all parts of the body. Red blood cells make up about 45% of the blood. Plasma, is the liquid component of the blood. It is straw colored and contains mainly water. It makes up 55% of the blood. It is approximately 2.8-3.2 quarts. Besides the 92% water, the rest of its composition is 8% blood plasma proteins and other trace materials. Dissolved nutrients are found in plasma as are wastes such as carbon dioxide, urea and lactic acid.
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