Are the blood cells just suspended in the liquid we call blood?

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Is blood completely made up of blood cells, like we are completely made of atoms, or are the blood cells just suspended in the liquid we call blood?
 

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Blood is made up of both plasma about 55% of the volume, the liquid which is mostly water with various chemicals dissolved mostly from our food in it, and some hormones. Red/White blood cells and platelets (involved in sealing wounds) make up the solid part.
 
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Oh ok, thx for the reply Dagda:)
 
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as in hematocrit - some estimates of plasma go higher
 
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as in hematocrit - some estimates of plasma go higher
Indeed it varies from place to place, climate to climate and person to person. That said it's probably a good mean.

I forgot to mention those waste products as well such as CO2 and various organ dumping goes into the plasma as well, to be disposed of by the appropriate organs, lungs, liver, kidneys and so on.
 

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