Meaning of hemoglobin

he•mo•glo•bin

Pronunciation: (hē'mu-glō"bin, hem'u-), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. the oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells that gives them their red color and serves to convey oxygen to the tissues: occurs in reduced formin venous blood and in combination with oxygenin arterial blood. Symbol: Hb&hasp; Cf. heme.
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