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  1. whole bloodnoun

    blood that has not been modified except for the addition of an anticoagulant

    "whole blood is normally used in blood transfusions"


  1. Whole blood

    Whole blood (WB) is human blood from a standard blood donation. It is used in the treatment of massive bleeding, in exchange transfusion, and when people donate blood to themselves. One unit of whole blood (~517 mls) brings up hemoglobin levels by about 10 g/L. Cross matching is typically done before the blood is given. It is given by injection into a vein.Side effects include red blood cell breakdown, high blood potassium, infection, volume overload, lung injury, and allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Whole blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and blood plasma. It is best within a day of collection; however, can be used for up to three weeks. The blood is typically combined with an anticoagulant and preservative during the collection process.The first transfusion of whole blood was in 1818; however, common use did not begin until the First and Second World Wars. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. In the 1980s the cost of whole blood was about US$50 per unit in the United States. Whole blood is not commonly used outside of the developing world and military. It is used to make a number of blood products including packed red blood cells, platelet concentrate, cryoprecipitate, and fresh frozen plasma.


  1. whole blood

    Whole blood is the unmodified, unseparated blood collected from humans or animals that contains red and white blood cells, platelets, plasma and other elements as they exist in the circulatory system. It is the most complete form of blood, as it hasn't undergone any treatments or processes to remove or reduce any of its components. Whole blood is generally used in transfusions and in certain types of medical testing.


  1. Whole blood

    Whole blood is a term used in transfusion medicine for human blood from a standard blood donation. The blood is typically combined with an anticoagulant during the collection process, but is generally otherwise unprocessed. In the US, the capitalized "Whole Blood" means a specific standardized product for transfusion or further processing, where "whole blood" is any unmodified collected blood.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whole blood in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whole blood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  1. Mike Hadl:

    She had to have two pints of whole blood and she lived four months.

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