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Medical Term:

buffy coat


Definition: the upper, lighter portion of the blood clot (coagulated plasma and white blood cells), occurring when coagulation is delayed so that the red blood cells have had time to settle; the portion of centrifuged, anticoagulated blood that contains leukocytes and platelets.

Synonym(s): crusta inflammatoria, crusta phlogistica, leukocyte cream

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