Anatomy & Physiology Hematological #1


Which is the medical term for red blood cells (RBCs)?


  1. Leukocytes
    • Rationale:

      Leukocytes is the medical term for white blood cells (WBCs), not RBCs.

  2. Granulocytes
    • Rationale:

      Granulocytes are a specific type of WBC. This is not the term used to refer to RBCs.

  3. Erythrocytes
    • Rationale:

      Erythrocytes is the medical term used to refer to RBCs.

  4. Thrombocytes
    • Rationale:

      Thrombocytes is the medical term for platelets, not RBCs.


The hematological system is comprised of the bone marrow, blood cells (e.g., red, white, platelets), and the spleen.


Learning Outcomes

Red blood cells (RBCs) circulate throughout the body via the circulatory system. The medical term for RBCs is erythrocytes. The function of RBCs is to transport oxygen throughout the body and to maintain a steady pH level.

Test Taking Tip

Use your knowledge of medical terminology to break down each term to correctly answer this question.

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