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standard bicarbonate


Definition: the plasma bicarbonate concentration of a sample of whole blood that has been equilibrated at 37°C with a carbon dioxide pressure of 40 mm Hg and an oxygen pressure that exceeds 100 mm Hg; abnormally high or low values indicate metabolic alkalosis or acidosis, respectively.

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