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Related to left shift: Right shift
left shiftHematology An ↑ in a peripheral blood smear of immature granulocytes with ↓ nuclear segmentation, ie 'band' forms, due to ↑ production of myeloid cells in the BM, caused by acute infection Physiology An ↑ in Hb's affinity for O2–as represented by the oxygen dissociation curve, where the P50 is ↓ and shifted to the left, as occurs with ↑ pH–Bohr effect or ↓ temperature. Cf Right shift.
1. In hematology, an increase in the number of immature polymorphonuclear leukocytes in the circulating blood. See: Arneth's classification of neutrophils
2. In acid-base physiology, a left-shifted oxyhemoglobin dissociation level, indicating an increased affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen.Synonym: shift to the left
See also: shift
left-hand side. See specific sites, e.g. left atrium, displacement of abomasum, ventricle.
left colon displacement
causes colic in horses; caused by entrapment of the left colon behind the nephrosplenic ligament; requires surgical intervention; manifested clinically by absence of the pelvic flexure of the colon from the left ventral abdomen.
see shift to the left.
left-sided recurrent laryngeal neuropathy
see laryngeal hemiplegia.