Nomenclature of Oxygen Saturation

  • John W. Severinghaus
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 345)


This paper addresses a controversial question relating to the definition of oxygen saturation as O2 content/O2 capacity: Whether, O2 capacity should include a) only oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin, designated herein as O2Hb + HHb, or b) total hemoglobin, tHb = O2Hb + HHb + COHb + MetHb.


Oxygen Saturation Pulse Oximetry Pulse Oximeter Partial Saturation Fractional Saturation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Severinghaus
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  1. 1.1386HSE University of California Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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