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- (anatomy) Any of the small blood vessels that connect arterioles to venules. Their walls are composed of a single layer of cells which allows molecules such as oxygen, water and lipids to pass through them by diffusion and enter the tissues. Waste products such as carbon dioxide and urea can diffuse back into the blood to be carried away for removal from the body.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus
hair. Cf. Capillaire.] 1. Resembling
a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or
interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary
vessels of animals and plants.
2. Pertaining to capillary tubes or
vessels; as, capillary action.
Capillary attraction, Capillary
repulsion, the apparent attraction or repulsion
between a solid and liquid caused by capillarity. See
Capillarity, and Attraction. --
Capillarity tubes. See the Note
Cap"il*la*ry, n.; pl.
Capillaries (&?;). 1. A tube or
vessel, extremely fine or minute.
2. (Anat.) A minute, thin-walled
vessel; particularly one of the smallest blood vessels connecting
arteries and veins, but used also for the smallest lymphatic and
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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