Erythropoiesis - Definition

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Erythropoiesis refers to the group of cellular mechanisms that produce erythrocytes (or red blood cells) in bone marrow, dependent on the hormone erythropoietin. The average duration of this process is 5 days, but it can be expedited through stimulation of erythropoietin. This hormone, better known as EPO, is a doping substance used by professional athletes that artificially increases the number of red blood cells and the oxygen supply in the organism.