Make Your Editor Cry: Blood (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry:  Blood (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of blood is blood. Blood is a non-countable noun. It has no plural.

blood: the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a living organism that carries nourishment and oxygen to and brings waste products away

NOTE: The term bloods is sometimes used as jargon in the medical profession to shorten “blood test samples” or “blood works” but it does not constitute a plural.

The singular of blood is blood. The plural of blood is blood. Bloods is not the plural of blood. Bloods is only acceptable in a medical context and then only as jargon.

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into this career of mine. (Kevin Hart)
Athletics is in my blood. (Haile Gebrselassie)

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