What is red cell deformability?

@article{SchmidSchnbein1981WhatIR,
  title={What is red cell deformability?},
  author={Holger Schmid-Sch{\"o}nbein and Peter A. L. Gaehtgens},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of clinical and laboratory investigation. Supplementum},
  year={1981},
  volume={156},
  pages={13-26}
}
Microscopic flow visualization of the process of red cell adaptation to flow shows that red cell deformation in flow is the consequence of a continuous viscous rather than an elastic deformation. This fluid drop-like adaptation primarily depends on: (a) the fluidity of the cytoplasm and (b) the favourable surface-area-to-volume ratio, with an excess of surface area allowing strong deformations without an increase in surface area (a real strain). (c) In contrast to previous notions, the modulus… CONTINUE READING

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