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This test is used to describe the particular color of red blood cells examined under the microscope in an abnormal complete blood count

Hypochromia (or hypochromasia) – Presence of pale red blood cells that lack hemoglobin and are small in size (microcytosis). Generally signals anemia due to iron deficiency.

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.