packed cells

packed cells
noun
a preparation of blood cells separated from the liquid plasma
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packed cells are given to severely anemic patients in order to avoid overloading the circulatory system with too much fluid

Hypernyms: ↑blood cell, ↑blood corpuscle, ↑corpuscle

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