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capillary(kăp`əlĕr'ē), microscopic blood vessel, smallest unit of the circulatory systemcirculatory system,
group of organs that transport blood and the substances it carries to and from all parts of the body. The circulatory system can be considered as composed of two parts: the systemic circulation, which serves the body as a whole except for the lungs, and the
..... Click the link for more information. . Capillaries form a network of tiny tubes throughout the body, connecting arterioles (smallest arteriesartery,
blood vessel that conveys blood away from the heart. Except for the pulmonary artery, which carries deoxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs, arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the tissues.
..... Click the link for more information. ) and venules (smallest veinsvein,
blood vessel that returns blood to the heart. Except for the pulmonary vein, which carries oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart, veins carry deoxygenated blood. The oxygen-depleted blood passes from the capillaries to the venules (small veins).
..... Click the link for more information. ). 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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