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glossary:erythrocytes [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A [[cell]] that contains [[hemoglobin]] and can carry oxygen to the body. Also called a red blood cell (RBC). The reddish color is due to the hemoglobin. Erythrocytes are biconcave in shape, which increases the cell's surface area and facilitates the diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This shape is maintained by a [[cytoskeleton]] composed of several [[protein]]s. Erythrocytes are very flexible and change shape when flowing through [[capillaries]]. Immature [[erythrocytes]], called [[reticulocytes]], normally account for 1-2 percent of red cells in the [[blood]].|