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Publisher: CENGAGE L
ISBN: 9781305967359
Chapter 33, Problem 6SA
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Most oxygen in blood is transported _______.

a. in red blood cells c. in platelets
b. in white blood cells d. dissolved in plasma

Summary Introduction

Introduction:

Hemoglobin is the protein that contains iron. It functions to transport oxygen. Hemoglobin is a type of metalloprotein that is present in the red blood cells. It carries oxygen from the lungs or gills to the rest parts of the body.

Explanation of Solution

Reason for correct answer:

Option a is given as “in red blood cells.”

Oxygen is transported through red blood cells as these cells contain oxygen binding protein called hemoglobin whose iron cofactor associates with oxygen. It then delivers oxygen to various tissues and cells of the body.

Reason for incorrect answer:

Option b. is given as, “in white blood cells.”

The white blood cells perform the function of inferring immunity to the body by detecting the pathogen and killing them through phagocytosis. They do not carry oxygen. Hence, option b. is incorrect.

Option c...

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