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whole blood — mean corpuscular volume

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Description

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measure of the average size of red blood cells (RBCs) in a sample of blood. It is obtained from a complete blood count (CBC) test, which is a routine blood test used to measure the number and types of cells in the blood.

To obtain the MCV, a sample of the patient's whole blood is taken and placed in a special machine called a hematology analyzer. The analyzer measures the size of the RBCs and calculates the average size, which is the MCV. The MCV is then reported as part of the CBC results.

Synonyms
  • erythrocyte mean corpuscular volume
  • MCV
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Mean Corpuscular Volume
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