blood plasma


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)

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Recent Examples on the Web By the way, Charles Drew High School is named for the black surgeon who invented blood plasma, a breakthrough innovation which saved thousands of lives in World War II. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Colin Kaepernick Holds His Own Workout," 18 Nov. 2019 One young man took public transportation to Van Nuys to sell his blood plasma — five visits, $300 — to get through the month. Los Angeles Times, "An entire L.A. homeless encampment moved into apartments. But their past still found them," 15 Aug. 2019 Compounding the problem is that hemoglobin, when unprotected in blood plasma, decomposes into its component globin subunits. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 Oxygen simply diffuses into their circulating blood plasma from the frigid seawater by way of the fish’s enlarged gills and smooth skin. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 About 50 proteins came from blood plasma, and their presence suggests bleeding gums. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed," 25 Nov. 2018 The more fearsome-sounding V-Plump, Ms. Barshop said, injects fillers and your own blood plasma into the labia majora to smooth and plump. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 During fetal development, that RNA that’s excreted from cells into the blood plasma leaves behind clues about what development may have occurred. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why doctors are so bad at predicting pregnancy due dates," 9 June 2018 The group was tasked with finding a way to stabilize blood plasma proteins so that soldiers could receive lifesaving transfusions in the field. Deborah Netburn,, "Paul Boyer, who was awed by cells and won a Nobel Prize for deducing how they use energy, dies at 99," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of blood plasma

1842, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2019

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“Blood plasma.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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