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An 18 year old female has a CBC performed as part of a routine physical exam. The following results are obtained and the physician determines she is anemic. After reviewing her CBC results shown below, which of the following would be an appropriate description of the anemia?

Parameter
Value
Reference Interval
White blood cells (WBC)
5.6 x 109/L
4.0-10.0 x 109/L
Red blood cells (RBC)
3.2 x 1012/L
4.2-5.9 x 1012/L
Hemoglobin
9.9 g/dL
12-16 g/dL
Hematocrit
30%
37-48%
MCV
75 fL
80-100 fL
RDW-CV
14%
11.0-15.0%

Please select the single best answer