from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to or resembling a hair; fine and slender.
- adj. Having a very small internal diameter: a capillary tube.
- adj. Anatomy Of or relating to the capillaries.
- adj. Physics Of or relating to capillarity.
- n. Anatomy One of the minute blood vessels that connect arterioles and venules. These blood vessels form an intricate network throughout the body for the interchange of various substances, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, between blood and tissue cells.
- n. A tube with a very small internal diameter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to hair
- adj. pertaining to a narrow tube
- n. A narrow tube
- n. Any of the small blood vessels that connect arteries to veins
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore.
- adj. Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels.
- n. A tube or vessel, extremely fine or minute.
- n. A minute, thin-walled vessel; particularly one of the smallest blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, but used also for the smallest lymphatic and biliary vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resembling hair: as, a capillary lotion; capillary fibers or threads.
- Specifically, in botany, resembling hair in the manner of growth: applied in this sense by Ray, Boerhaave, and other early botanists to ferns.
- Resembling a single hair; specifically, in anatomy, having (as a tube) so small a bore that water cannot be poured into it, and will not run through it.
- Pertaining to a capillary or to capillaries: as, capillary circulation.
- Pertaining to the phenomena of the rise of fluids in tubes and chinks, and, more generally, to the collecting of liquids in drops, their spreading over surfaces (as oil on water), and various other phenomena explicable proximately by surface-tension and ultimately by cohesion and adhesion, considered as forces acting at finite but insensible distances.
- In surgery, linear: descriptive of a fracture of the skull without separation of the parts of the injured bones.
- n. pl. capillaries (-riz).
- n. A tube with a small bore. Specifically
- n. In anatomy: One of the minute blood-vessels which form a network between the terminations of the arteries and the beginnings of the veins.
- n. One of the minute lymphatic ducts.
- n. One of the intercellular passages in the liver which unite to form the bile-ducts.
- n. In botany, a fern: especially applied to such ferns as grow like tufts of hair on walls. Sir T. Browne. See I., 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
- adj. long and slender with a very small internal diameter
- n. any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules
- adj. of or relating to hair
Hemangioma is an all-encompassing term, while the term capillary malformation better describes one of the hallmarks of Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome.
We therefore thank Yan and colleagues and agree with them that the term capillary malformation should be used in the future to define the cutaneous feature of Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome.
The capillary walls widen so forcefully that they become permeable to blood plasma, so that the capillary is at last filled by a solid mass of corpuscles.
It was so friendly that Bates mentioned to Pettersson their Cambridge stock in capillary spent radon tubes from hospitals used in the preparation of polonium.
A capillary from the tongue of the frog before and after stimulation with urethane.
A capillary from the tongue of the frog before and after mechanical irritation.
This is called _capillary attraction_, the word capillary meaning a hair.
36For the preparation of radium C, Dagmar adopted Pettersson's innovative method of using thin capillary tubes filled with radium emanation and dry oxygen.
The interaction between the fluid and the vessel walls produces a force that can lift the fluid up into the tube, a phenomenon known as capillary action.
This film of water in the soil is known as the capillary water and is the source of water for the plants.
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