Red Blood Cells

Picture of red blood cells

The red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's tissues and remove carbon dioxide and other wastes.

Current as of: November 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology

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