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Also known as: Total CO2; TCO2; Carbon Dioxide Content; CO2 Content; Bicarb; HCO3-
Formal name: Bicarbonate

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Total CO2 or bicarbonate is different than the partial pressure of CO2 (PCO2). Learn about PCO2

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