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The acronym MCH stands for mean corpuscular hemoglobin. This value corresponds to the mean mass of hemoglobin present in one red blood cell. The MCHC is used to reveal certain conditions. It is calculated based on complete blood count (CBC), which signifies the precise analysis of cells contained in the blood, including both the red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells, and white blood cells, or leukocytes, involved in the body's defense system. It is often, however, replaced by the MCHC, signifying mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, which is a more precise value, generally required to characterize a form of anemia.