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# What is a cc of blood?

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A "cc" of blood is 1 cubic centimeter of blood. A cubic centimeter is equivalent to 1 milliliter. The average human has about 5,000 cubic centimeters of blood.

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Blood is an essential element in the human body that distributes nitrogen, oxygen and other nutrients to vital organs. Blood is composed of plasma and blood cells. Plasma contains proteins that assist in blood clotting during injury. About half of blood volume is made up of blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues and organs, white blood cells fight infections and platelets assist in blood clotting.

The American Red Cross collects approximately 15.7 million blood donations every year in the United States. About 1 pint, or 473 cubic centimeters, of blood is collected during the donation. According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives, as red blood cells, platelets and plasma can be used individually from the blood.

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Converting from cubic centimeters to ounces can feel intimidating at first, especially since you are dealing with a cubed number and then trying to convert it to a different unit of measurement. One cubic centimeter is equal to 1 milliliter. If you know that, then you can use the conversion factor of milliliter to ounce, where 1 milliliter is equal to .0338 ounces or 1 ounce is equal to 29.57 milliliters.

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One cubic centimeter is equivalent to 20 drops. There are three systems used to measure doses of medication. The household system uses drops, teaspoons and tablespoons to measure volumes of liquid medication. A teaspoon contains 100 drops, and a tablespoon holds three teaspoons.

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Millimeters are a measure of length, while cubic centimeters are a measure of volume. Because of this, the two scales are not strictly analogous and cannot be exchanged without conversion of two-dimensional length to a three-dimensional volume. Both units are metric, however, and so further conversion is unnecessary.