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The maximum volume of oxygen which can be carried by haemoglobin in the blood. It is usually expressed as millilitres of oxygen per 100 ml of blood. Since each gram of haemoglobin can carry 1.3 ml of oxygen, the total oxygen capacity of haemoglobin equals the haemoglobin concentration (in grams of haemoglobin per 100 ml of blood) multiplied by 1.3.

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