Which Blood Group is Universal Acceptor?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : July 28th, 2022

A person with AB blood group can accept the blood from persons with AB as well as the other groups of blood. They are called ‘universal recipients. The four main blood groups are A, B, AB and O.

Answer: AB blood group is the universal acceptor.

Though the blood of human beings appears to be similar it differs in certain aspects. Two popular blood groupings that are used worldwide are ABO and Rh.

ABO Blood Grouping

ABO blood grouping is based on the absence or presence of two surface antigens namely A and B on the RBC. The antigens and antibodies are distributed in four blood groups A, B, AB, and O. Check the blood group and the donor’s compatibility in the table given below.

Blood Groups and Donor Compatibility

Blood Group

Antibodies on Plasma

Antigens on RBCs

Donor’s group

A

anti-B

A

A, O

B

anti-A

B

B, O

AB

NIL

A,B

AB, A, B, O

O

anti-A, B

nil

O

Rh Blood Grouping

Another antigen is also observed on the surface of RBCs of the majority of people which is Rh antigen. It is similar to the one present in Rhesus monkeys. The individuals in whom this Rh antigen is present are called Rh positive (Rh+ve) whereas those in whom it is absent are called Rh negative (Rh-ve).

Summary:

Which Blood Group is Universal Acceptor?

A person with AB blood group is called a universal recipient or acceptor whereas a person with O blood group is known as a universal donor.

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