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Glossary: sedimentation rate, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

sedimentation rate

(SEH-dih-men-TAY-shun rayt)

The distance red blood cells travel in one hour in a sample of blood as they settle to the bottom of a test tube. The sedimentation rate is increased in inflammation, infection, cancer, rheumatic diseases, and diseases of the blood and bone marrow. Also called erythrocyte sedimentation rate and ESR.

2004-01-23

2007-03-20