- Anatomy. one of the minute blood vessels between the terminations of the arteries and the beginnings of the veins.
- Also called capillary tube. a tube with a small bore.
Origin of capillary
Examples from the Web for capillary
Most drivers using this road are headed to and from a handful of capillary valleys in the Pech.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
You begin to see some of the advantages in shutting off capillary attraction.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Aspirate some of the inoculated media into capillary pipettes.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique</p>
John William Henry Eyre
Many of these openings are capillary and sub-capillary in size.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
Wrinkles are created by obliterating the capillary circulation of the skin.What a Young Woman Ought to Know
What evidence of capillary action have you seen outside of the laboratory?Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
- resembling a hair; slender
- (of tubes) having a fine bore
- anatomy of or relating to any of the delicate thin-walled blood vessels that form an interconnecting network between the arterioles and the venules
- physics of or relating to capillarity
- anatomy any of the capillary blood vessels
- a fine hole or narrow passage in any substance
Word Origin and History for capillary
1650s, "of or pertaining to the hair," from Latin capillaris "of hair," from capillus "hair" (of the head); perhaps related to caput "head" (but de Vaan finds this "difficult on the formal side" and "far from compelling, since capillus is a diminutive, and would mean 'little head', which hardly amounts to 'hair'"). Borrowed earlier as capillar (14c.). Meaning "taking place in capillary vessels" is from 1809. Capillary attraction attested from 1813. As a noun, "capillary blood vessel," from 1660s.
- Of or relating to the capillaries.
- Relating to or resembling a hair; fine and slender.
- Blood capillary.
- Any of the tiny blood vessels that connect the smallest arteries (arterioles) to the smallest veins (venules). Capillaries form a network throughout the body for the exchange of oxygen, metabolic waste products, and carbon dioxide between blood and tissue cells.