Capillary

Definition of Capillary

Cap´il`la`ry   Pronunciation: kăp´ĭl`lã`rŷ or kå`pĭl´lå`rŷ; 277
a.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
the apparent attraction or repulsion between a solid and liquid caused by capillarity. See Capillarity, and Attraction.
Capillarity tubes
See the Note under Capillarity.
n.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 biliary vessels.

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aorta, arterial, arteriole, artery, blood vessel, bristlelike, carotid, cirrose, cirrous, fibered, fibroid, fibrous, flagelliform, flossy, funicular, gossamery, hairlike, hairy, jugular vein, ligamental, portal vein, pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, ropy, silky, stringy, taeniate, taeniform, threadlike, thready, vascular, vein, veinlet, veinous, vena cava, venation, venose, venous, venule, vesicular, wiry
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