Haematology is the medical specialty concerned with the study of blood, the tissues that produce blood, and abnormalities, diseases, and disorders associated with blood.
This medical discipline is relatively modern because the cellular composition of blood could not be effectively studied until the invention of the microscope. The microscopic study of blood was first attempted and documented in modern detail by Leeuwenhoak (1632-1723) who identified erythrocytes. Leucocytes and thrombocytes were discovered later, after improvements in the quality of lenses.
- A medical specialist in the field of haematology is called a haematologist.
- The adjective used to refer to haematology is haematological.
- Note that all of the spellings used on this page are the standard terms in British English. Spellings in American English differ slightly in that the first "a" is omitted, e.g. hematology is the U.S. English for the haematology etc..
Links to related areas of this website:
- Study: The Blood Clotting Mechanism
- Study: Blood Pressure
- Glossary section: Blood Vessels
- Glossary section: Components of Blood (Types of Blood Cells)
- Glossary section: Medical Specialties
- Glossary section: General Medical Terms