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Glossary: capillary, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

capillary

(KA-pih-layr-ee)

The smallest type of blood vessel. A capillary connects an arteriole (small artery) to a venule (small vein) to form a network of blood vessels in almost all parts of the body. The wall of a capillary is thin and leaky, and capillaries are involved in the exchange of fluids and gases between tissues and the blood.

2005-03-24