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Definition of Latham bowl

Latham bowl: A blood-processing instrument that uses centrifugal force to separate blood into its components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Developed by Allen (Jack) Latham Jr. who had grown up on a farm, so the design "was like a milk separator." The Latham bowl revolutionalized the way blood was collected and processed.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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