The morphology of Blood cells. Composition of the blood. The circulating blood is composed of plasma and cells. The cells are red cells (or erythrocytes), white cells (or leucocytes) and platelets .
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non-segmented nuclei. They are referred to as neutrophil band cells or band forms. They are less mature than segmented neutrophils.
composed of apparently intact
platelets, degranulated pale grey platelets or a mixture of both, as in this example. If the platelet count is low it is essential to examine the blood film carefully for platelet aggregates.
if capillary blood is obtained by percutaneous puncture than when a film is made from venous blood.
sample, for example during
transport in a hot car, can lead to a heat artefact.