capillary bed
the network of capillaries in a particular area or organ of the body

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • capillary bed — n the whole system of capillaries of a body, part, or organ * * * the total combined mass of capillaries forming a large reservoir which may be more or less completely filled with blood. See illustration at capillary …   Medical dictionary

  • capillary bed — noun a layer of tissue densely packed with capillaries (Freq. 4) • Hypernyms: ↑animal tissue * * * noun : the whole system of capillaries of a body, part, or organ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Capillary — Capillaries are the smallest of a body s blood vessels, measuring 5 10 μm in diameter, which connect arterioles and venules, and enable the interchange of water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and many other nutrient and waste chemical substances… …   Wikipedia

  • Capillary — One of the tiny blood vessels that connect the arterioles (the smallest divisions of the arteries) and the venules (the smallest divisions of the veins). The capillaries form a fine network in many parts of the body. Although minute, the… …   Medical dictionary

  • bed — 1. In anatomy, a base or structure that supports another structure. 2. A piece of furniture used for rest, recuperation, or treatment. b. of breast structures against which the posterior surface of the …   Medical dictionary

  • capillary microscope — an instrument for giving an enlarged image of capillaries, often used for viewing the capillaries of the nail bed …   Medical dictionary

  • Feather bed — Feather Feath er (f[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. fether, AS. fe[eth]er; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj[ o][eth]r, Sw. fj[ a]der, Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ptero n wing, feather, pe tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capillarybed — capillary bed n. The network of capillaries in a particular area or organ of the body. * * * …   Universalium

  • cardiovascular disease — Introduction       any of the diseases, whether congenital or acquired, of the heart and blood vessels (blood vessel). Among the most important are atherosclerosis, rheumatic heart disease, and vascular inflammation. Cardiovascular diseases are a …   Universalium

  • endocrine system, human — ▪ anatomy Introduction  group of ductless glands (gland) that regulate body processes by secreting chemical substances called hormones (hormone). Hormones act on nearby tissues or are carried in the bloodstream to act on specific target organs… …   Universalium

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