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Terminology problem - HUMAN WHITE PLASMA vs SERUM - (Feb/06/2006 )

Hello everyone,

I am merely a translator and would highly appreciate your help in telling SERUM and Human WHITE PLASMA apart (if possible, of course). I thought them to be synonyms at first but after consulting a number of sources I am no longer sure ...

Looking forward to your replies.



According to Wikipedia
"Blood plasma is the liquid component of blood, in which the blood cells are suspended. Serum is the same as blood plasma except that clotting factors (such as fibrin) have been removed."


the serum is obtained after coagulation of blood (and centrifugation to get rid of cells). There is no more fibrinogen compared to plasma, which is obtained from heparinized blood, (id est without coagulation and then fibrinogen is not consumed)