hematocrit[hem′ə tō krit′, hē′mə-; hi mat′ə-]
- a small centrifuge or its calibrated tube used to determine the relative volumes of blood cells and fluid in blood
- the proportion of red blood cells to a volume of blood measured by a hematocritalso hematocrit reading
Origin of hematocrit; from hemato- + Classical Greek kritēs, a judge ; from krinein, to separate: see harvest
- The percentage by volume of packed red blood cells in a given sample of blood after centrifugation.
- A centrifuge used to determine the volume of blood cells and plasma in a given sample of blood.
Origin of hematocrithemato– + Greek kritēs, judge (from krīnein, to judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots).