Short for red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen and carbon dioxide through the blood. This rather remarkable feat is thanks to hemoglobin, the pigment that makes red cells (and blood) look red. The red blood cells are also known as red corpuscles or erythrocytes (literally, red hollow vessels).
RBC also stands for the red cell count, the number of red blood cells in a given volume of blood. The normal range varies slightly between laboratories but is generally between 4.2 – 5.9 million cells/cmm. This can also be referred to as the erythrocyte count and can be expressed in international units as 4.2 – 5.9 x 1012 cells per liter.
- Release, carpal tunnel
A surgical procedure to relieve pressure exerted on the median nerve within the carpal tunnel causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgical release is performed via a small incision, using conventional surgery techniques or a fiber-optic scope (endoscopic carpal tunnel repair).
In radiation, an international unit of X-ray or gamma-ray radiation adjusted for the atomic makeup of the human body.
- REM sleep
REM sleep is the portion of sleep when there are rapid eye movements (REMs). Dreams occur during REM sleep. We typically have 3 to 5 periods of REM sleep per night. They occur at intervals of 1-2 hours and are quite variable in length. An episode of REM sleep may last 5 minutes or over […]
Something that consistently helps treat or cure a disease.
Disappearance of the signs and symptoms of cancer or other disease. A remission can be temporary or permanent.