Definition of capillary in English:
noun (plural capillaries)
- Blood obtained from a skin puncture is a mixture of arterioles, venules and capillaries and contains interstitial and intracellular fluids.
- Between the arteries and the veins are networks of tiny blood vessels called capillaries.
- Immature vessels coalesce to form larger vessels and organize into capillaries, arterioles, and venules.
- Different diameter capillary tubes are used for thinner or thicker oils.
- Scientists have long used ultra-fine glass tubes known as capillaries to analyze the chemical makeup of substances.
- The packed cell volume is determined by centrifuging the specimen in capillary tubes and measuring the height of the red cell column.
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- Alveolar wall thickening with eosinophilic materials and capillary congestion with red blood cells were evident in the mice with emphysema at 72 hours.
- While patients with insulin-requiring diabetes are in active labor, capillary blood glucose levels should be monitored hourly.
- One of the most colorful controversies in the first decade of the 20th century concerned how oxygen moved across the pulmonary capillary wall into the blood.
dishevelled from Late Middle English:
In the past, when no respectable man or woman would dream of going out without a hat, headscarf, or similar head covering, anyone seen bare-headed would be regarded as very scruffy and dishevelled. The word comes from Old French chevel ‘hair’, from Latin capillus, the source also of capillary (mid 17th century). The original sense was ‘having the hair uncovered’, then, referring to the hair itself, ‘hanging loose’, hence ‘disordered, untidy’. See unkempt
Words that rhyme with capillaryancillary, artillery, codicillary, distillery, fibrillary, fritillary, Hilary, maxillary, pillory
- US English dictionary
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