blood plasma

noun

Definition of blood plasma

: the pale yellow fluid of whole blood that consists of water and its dissolved constituents including especially proteins (such as albumin, fibrinogen, and globulins)

Examples of blood plasma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The scientists came to this conclusion after subjecting blood plasma from 24 healthy volunteers to BA.2 and its cousin BA.1, as well as the original coronavirus strain from Wuhan. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 His father’s death brought him back to the United States and instructor positions at Howard University’s medical school and led to his research work in blood plasma and a doctorate from Columbia in 1940. Janel Davis, ajc, 4 Feb. 2022 After trying the enzymes on red blood cells and human aortae, Cypel’s multidisciplinary Canadian research group used EVLP to treat human lungs, and then to expose them to O blood plasma. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 Traditional hemodialysis uses a machine to take over the kidneys’ job, taking blood out of the body, filtering it and diluting out the toxins against large amounts of fluids that approximate blood plasma. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 In the late 1930s, Drew invented a way to process and preserve blood plasma for transfusions, which allowed it to be stored, shipped and used for longer periods of time. Janel Davis, ajc, 4 Feb. 2022 The practice of removing and replacing blood plasma, the yellowish liquid component of blood that carries cells and proteins throughout the body, has a long history in the treatment of autoimmunity. Elie Dolgin, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2021 The university opened in 1966 and is named after Dr. Charles R. Drew, a Black physician from the early and mid-20th century who focused on blood banking and blood plasma storage and transfusion. Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Cost: $500 to $1,200 per treatment PRP, which is short for platelet-rich plasma, is a treatment for hair loss that involves stimulating growth through injections of one's own blood plasma. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blood plasma

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Blood plasma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood%20plasma. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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blood plasma

noun

Medical Definition of blood plasma

: the pale yellow fluid portion of whole blood that consists of water and its dissolved constituents including proteins (as albumin, fibrinogen, and globulins), electrolytes (as sodium and chloride), sugars (as glucose), lipids (as cholesterol and triglycerides), metabolic waste products (as urea), amino acids, hormones, and vitamins — compare serum entry 1 sense a(1)

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