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glossary:hydrostatic_pressure

The pressure in the circulatory system exerted by the volume of blood when it is confined in a blood vessel. The hydrostatic pressure, coupled with the osmotic pressure within a capillary is opposed by the hydrostatic and osmotic pressure of the surrounding tissues. Fluids flow from the higher pressure areas to the lower pressure areas.

glossary/hydrostatic_pressure.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)