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complete blood count (CBC)

The complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most basic diagnostic tests used in clinical hematology for health status assessments. The CBC is comprised of:
WBC (white blood cell or leukocyte count)
RBC (red blood cell or erythrocyte count)
Hb (hemoglobin concentration)
Hct (hematocrit)
MCV (mean corpuscular volume)
MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin)
MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration)
RDW (red cell distribution width, the range of red cell sizes in one blood sample)
PLT (platelet count)
MPV (mean platelet volume)
The CBC with differential includes a separate listing of the five types of leukocytes.

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Source: Laboratory for Applied Biotelemetry & Biotechnology, Dept of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University Galveston