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Blood Chemistry & Serology

Agglutination- (as it pertains to blood) Clumping of blood cells.
Antibody- A substance that is capable of combining with an antigen, resulting in an antigen-antibody reaction.
Antigen- A substance capable of stimulating the formation of antibodies.
Antiserum- A serum that contains antibodies.
Blood antibody- a protein present in the blood plasma that is capable of combining with its corresponding blood antigen to produce an antigen-antibody reaction.
Blood antigen- A protein present on the surface of red blood cells that determines a person's blood type.
Donor- One who furnishes something, such as blood, tissue,or organs, to be used in another individual.
Gene- A unit of heredity.
Glycogen- The form in which carbohydrate is stored in the body.
Glycosylation- The process of glucose attaching to hemoglobin.
HDL cholesterol- A lipoprotein, consisting of protein and cholesterol, which removes excess cholesterol from the cells.
Hemoglobin A(1c)- Compound formed when glucose attaches glycosylates to the protein in the hemoglobin.
Hyperglycemia- An abnormally high level of glucose in the blood.
Hypoglycemia- An abnormally low level of glucose in the blood.
In vitro- Occurring in glass. Refers to tests performed under artificial conditions, as in the laboratory.
In vivo- Occurring in the living body or organism.
LDL cholesterol- A lipoprotein, consisting of protein and cholesterol , that picks up cholesterol and delivers it to the cells.
Lipoprotein- A complex molecule consisting of protein and a lipid fraction such as cholesterol. Lipoproteins function in transporting liquids in the blood.
Recipient- One who receives something, such as a blood transfusion, from a donor.
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