Study objectives

• Discuss the major functions of plasma proteins

• Describe the morphological characteristics and the function of erythrocytes

• Explain how various blood types are determined and what blood types are compatible for transfusion

• Describe how the Rh factor may lead to hemolytic disease of the newborn

• Discuss the major functions of each of the five types of leukocytes: neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, monocytes, and lymphocytes

• Describe the origin of thrombocytes

• Discuss the role of platelets in various aspects of hemostasis

• Describe the role of vascular constriction in hemostasis

• Explain how a platelet plug is formed

• Distinguish between the extrinsic and intrinsic mechanisms of blood coagulation

• Explain how blood clot growth is limited

• Explain how blood clots are dissolved

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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