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capillary (kăpˈəlĕrˌē), microscopic blood vessel, smallest unit of the circulatory system. Capillaries form a network of tiny tubes throughout the body, connecting arterioles (smallest arteries) and venules (smallest veins). Through the thin capillary walls, which are composed of a single layer of cells, the nutritive material and oxygen in the blood pass into the body tissues, and waste matter and carbon dioxide in turn are absorbed from the tissues into the bloodstream.
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The smallest vessel of both the circulatory and lymphatic systems; the walls are composed of a single cell layer.
A fissure or a crack in a formation which provides a route for flow of water or hydrocarbons.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. (of tubes) having a fine bore
2. Anatomy of or relating to any of the delicate thin-walled blood vessels that form an interconnecting network between the arterioles and the venules
3. Physics of or relating to capillarity
4. Anatomy any of the capillary blood vessels
5. a fine hole or narrow passage in any substance
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