red blood cell

noun
variants: or less commonly red blood corpuscle or red cell or red corpuscle

Definition of red blood cell

:any of the hemoglobin -containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and in mammals are typically biconcave disks which lack a nucleus and cellular organelles and are formed from nucleated cells of the red bone marrow
Note: The number of red blood cells ranges from four to six million in each cubic millimeter of normal human blood. The red color of blood is due to the presence of hemoglobin within the red blood cells.
called also erythrocyte; compare white blood cell

First Known Use of red blood cell

1850


RED BLOOD CELL Defined for English Language Learners

red blood cell

noun

Definition of red blood cell for English Language Learners

  • : a red-colored blood cell that carries oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body


RED BLOOD CELL Defined for Kids

red blood cell

noun

Definition of red blood cell for Students

:a tiny reddish cell of the blood that contains hemoglobin and carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues

Medical Dictionary

red blood cell

noun

medical Definition of red blood cell

:any of the hemoglobin-containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and are responsible for the red color of vertebrate blood called also erythrocyte, red blood corpuscle, red cell, red corpuscle; compare white blood cell


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