Blood volume

Definition

noun

The total amount of blood in the body; the sum of the plasma volume and erythrocyte volume; the volume of blood in an individual's circulatory system.


Supplement

Blood volume can be calculated by determining the volumes of red blood cells and plasma cells. Females generally have less blood volume (3.8 L blood volume) whereas males have higher blood volume (5.3 L blood volume).


Abbreviation: BV


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