What Are Erythrocytes? - Definition & Function


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Erythrocytes are ______ blood cells.

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1. In medical terminology, what does 'cyte' mean?

2. Why are erythrocytes red?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the components and the function of erythrocytes. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include polycythemia and anemia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the various characteristics of erythrocytes including:

  • Type of cells that erythrocytes are
  • Medical meaning of cyte
  • Reason erythrocytes are red
  • Incorrect statement about the shape of erythrocytes
  • Correct statement about erythrocytes
  • Life span of an erythrocyte
  • Function of erythrocytes
  • Causes of anemia
  • Polycythemia

Skills Practiced

The following quiz and worksheet will allow you to test out the following proficiencies:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related erythrocytes lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the life span of erythrocytes
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as anemia and polycythemia

Additional Learning

To learn more about erythrocytes, review the corresponding lesson What Are Erythrocytes? - Definition & Function. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Identify what erythrocytes are
  • Recall why erythrocytes are red and round
  • Understand the process of erythropoiesis and the lifespan of erythrocytes
  • Review the dangers of anemia, polycythemia and hypoxia