What does "Bands, absolute" mean in a CBC blood test?

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This gives you the total number of immature neutrophils, called bands, expressed as cells per microliter of blood. The white blood cells are classified in five major groups: Neutrophils Lymphocytes Monocytes Eosinophils Basophils The numbers of the different types of cells normally occur in the order given above; the most abundant are neutrophils and the most infrequent are basophils. When a complete blood count (CBC) is performed, the total number of white blood cells (WBC) is one of the reported components. It is expressed in the number of cells in a microliter (mcL or uL, the u represents the Greek letter mu) of blood. The old unit of volume measurement was a cubic millimeter (cmm); there is no practical difference between a microliter and cubic millimeter. The commonly accepted range for the total white cell concentration in a healthy person is between 3.8 to 10.8 thousand cells per microliter. When a CBC is performed, each type of white cell is reported as a percentage of the ... more
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