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capillary

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adjective cap·il·lary \ˈka-pə-ˌler-ē, -ˌle-rē, British usually kə-ˈpi-lə-rē\

Definition of capillary

  1. 1 a :  resembling a hair especially in slender elongated form <capillary leaves> b :  having a very small bore <a capillary tube>

  2. 2 :  involving, held by, or resulting from surface tension <capillary water in the soil>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to capillaries or capillarity



Origin and Etymology of capillary

French or Latin; French capillaire, from Latin capillaris, from capillus hair


First Known Use: 14th century


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capillary

noun cap·il·lary

Simple Definition of capillary

  • : one of the many very small tubes that carry blood within the body : the smallest kind of blood vessel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of capillary

plural

capillaries

  1. 1 :  a minute thin-walled vessel of the body; especially :  any of the smallest blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules and forming networks throughout the body

  2. 2 :  a tube (as of glass) having a very small bore

1667

First Known Use of capillary

1667


CAPILLARY Defined for Kids

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capillary

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adjective cap·il·lary \ˈka-pə-ˌler-ē\

Definition of capillary for Students

  1. 1 :  having a long slender form and a small inner diameter <a capillary tube>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to capillary action or a capillary




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capillary

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noun cap·il·lary

Definition of capillary for Students

plural

capillaries

  1. :  one of the slender hairlike tubes that are the smallest blood vessels and connect arteries with veins




Medical Dictionary

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capillary

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adjective cap·il·lary \ˈkap-ə-ˌler-ē, British usually kə-ˈpil-ə-rē\

Medical Definition of capillary

  1. 1a:  resembling a hair especially in slender elongated formb:  having a very small bore <a capillary tube>

  2. 2:  involving, held by, or resulting from surface tension

  3. 3:  of or relating to capillaries or capillarity




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capillary

noun cap·il·lary

Medical Definition of capillary

plural

capillaries

  1. 1:  a minute thin-walled vessel of the body; especially :  any of the smallest blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules and forming networks throughout the body

  2. 2:  a capillary tube



Illustration of capillary



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