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Complete Blood Count (CBC) (cont.)

Components of Complete Blood Count

The complete blood count measures many important values pertaining to the blood cells. The complete blood count interpretation is done by doctors who review the results of the testing.

The complete blood count generally includes the following components:

  • White blood cell count (WBC or Leukocyte count)
  • WBC differential count
  • Red blood cell count (RBC or erythrocyte count)
  • Hematocrit (Hct)
  • Hemoglobin (Hbg)
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)
  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)
  • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)
  • Red cell distribution width (RDW)
  • Platelet count
  • Mean platelet volume (MPV)

The main components are the blood cells such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. The other components represent additional information about these cells including their size, color, function, and maturity.

The white blood cell (WBC) differential refers to number of the different types of white blood cells seen in the blood. The different types of WBCs that have specific functions that are routinely reported in a complete blood count are neutrophils, lymphocytes, basophils, eosinophils, and monocytes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2015

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