What is the function of the spleen?

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THE HUMAN QUESTION #666

What is the function of the spleen?

Break down and remove old blood cells

Explanation

The spleen is an oblong organ located in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen. Its function is to remove old red blood cells. It also works as a secondary lymphoid organ, cleaning bacteria from the blood. Therefore, people who have had their spleen removed are more prone to infections of their blood.

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