Anatomy & Physiology Hematological #16

Question

Which term is synonymous with platelets?

Answers

  1. Monocytes
    • Rationale:

      Monocytes are a type of WBC and this is not a term synonymous with platelets.

  2. Leukocytes
    • Rationale:

      Leukocyte is a general term for WBCs and this is not a term synonymous with platelets.

  3. Erythrocytes
    • Rationale:

      Erythrocytes are RBCs and this is not a term synonymous with platelets.

  4. Thrombocytes
    • Rationale:

      Thrombocytes is the medical term for platelets. Platelets are important for coagulation.

Overview

There are three primary types of blood cells within the body: red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Platelets are a small and colorless disk-shaped cell fragment that do not contain a nucleus. They are found in large numbers in blood and play an important role in coagulation. The medical term for platelets is thrombocytes.

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Use your knowledge of medical terminology to answer this question correctly.

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