red cell indexes

red cell indexes

a series of relationships that characterize the red cell population in terms of size, hemoglobin content, and hemoglobin concentration. Derived mathematically from the red cell count and hemoglobin and hematocrit values, the indexes are useful in making differential diagnoses of several kinds of anemia. The values reported are the mean corpuscular hemoglobin, the mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, and the mean corpuscular volume. Also called red cell indices. See also iron deficiency anemia.