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Red Blood Cells and Their Deformability

  • Y. C. Fung


In the previous chapter we studied the flow properties of blood. In this chapter we turn our attention to the red blood cells. Red blood cells are the gas exchange units of animals. They deliver oxygen to the tissues of all organs, exchange with CO2, and return to the lung to unload CO2 and soak up O2 again. This is, of course, what circulation is all about. The heart is the pump, the blood vessels are the conduits, and the capillary blood vessels are the sites where gas exchange between blood and tissue or atmosphere takes place.


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  • Y. C. Fung
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  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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