noun, plural cap·il·lar·ies.
Origin of capillary
Examples from the Web for capillaries
Historical Examples of capillaries
He knew nothing of the vessels which we now speak of as capillaries.Fathers of Biology
Well, Malpighi tried to discover the capillaries by this method, and failed.Experiments on Animals
Hence it is argued that their capillaries show the least permeability.
This vein runs to the liver, where it breaks up into capillaries.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The whole stream, on the other hand, passes through the capillaries of the lungs.Physiology
Ernest G. Martin
noun plural -laries
Word Origin 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.