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How's red blood cells look like under the microscope?

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How's red blood cells look like under the microscope?

Postby Wicked Witch » Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:01 am

I think this is a stupid question ...

Can anyone tell me whether red blood cells will show red color under microscope?

I have problems in counting the total white blood cells in the blood stream ... it is hard to remove 100% of red blood cells ...

So, I want to find a better way to distinguish red blood cells from white blood cell under the microscope ...

Thanks ... :cry:
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Postby Nawal » Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:06 pm

This is how red blood cells look under light microscope.
It is not exactly red.
It is pink.
Remember that red blood cell don’t have nucleus but the white ones have ……….
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The ones that are circulate and pink colors are the red blood cell, the other that have purple nucleus are white blood cell.
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Postby Priscilla » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:03 pm

These are probably stained. rbc under microscope is smaller and WBC are bigger. Under strong magnification, may be you can see multinucleus of WBC.
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:37 pm

under a microscope you can easily distinguish red blood cells from white blood cells. If you stain your blood with the May-Greunwald-Gemsa coloration you can even distinguish different WBC from each other. Trust me, i have done it personally...
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Re: How's red blood cells look like under the microscope?

Postby goonwolf420 » Thu May 20, 2010 7:59 am

That picture is of a slide stained with hemotoxin and eoisin.. Red blood cells do not look red under a microscope without a stain. I would suggest doing the same stain.. very easy, all you need is some xylene, ethanol and H and E..
Once you have stained your sample, WBC are bigger and nucleated. The picture shows a lymphocyte and what looks like a monocyte in the lower half of the screen.
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Re: How's red blood cells look like under the microscope?

Postby StephenJones01 » Sat May 22, 2010 11:36 am

Hello Dear, I am from Regulatory T Cells. Assuming you're looking at human erythrocytes, they look like a doughnut but with a very thin center instead of a hole. Depending on the power of your microscope and the amount of light, they will be darker toward the outside and light/translucent at the center.
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Re: How's red blood cells look like under the microscope?

Postby viki78 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:57 pm

The blood consists of a suspension of special cells in a liquid called plasma. In an adult man, the blood is about 1/12th of the body weight and this corresponds to 5-6 litres. Blood consists of 55 % plasma, and 45 % by cells called formed elements.
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