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Anyone know what is a simple definition of anemia?

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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
Anemia is .....: An hematocrit outside the normative values for age and sex. Its presence can be detected by a complete blood count (cbc). The hematocrit is the volumetric percentage of our peripheral blood occupied by red blood cells. Typically, hematocrit (hct) for a woman is lower than for a man of the same age.

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