• WordNet 3.6
    • adj capillary long and slender with a very small internal diameter "a capillary tube"
    • adj capillary of or relating to hair
    • n capillary a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
    • n capillary any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human body has approximately 37,000 miles of capillaries
    • Capillary (Anat) A minute, thin-walled vessel; particularly one of the smallest blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, but used also for the smallest lymphatic and biliary vessels.
    • Capillary A tube or vessel, extremely fine or minute.
    • Capillary Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary action.
    • Capillary Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary vessels of animals and plants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Laid end-to-end, the arteries, capillaries and veins would stretch for about 60,000 miles in the average child and would be about 100,000 miles in an adult - enough to wrap around the world nearly four times.
    • capillary Pertaining to or resembling hair: as, a capillary lotion; capillary fibers or threads.
    • capillary Specifically, in botany, resembling hair in the manner of growth: applied in this sense by Ray, Boerhaave, and other early botanists to ferns.
    • capillary Resembling a single hair; specifically, in anatomy, having (as a tube) so small a bore that water cannot be poured into it, and will not run through it.
    • capillary Pertaining to a capillary or to capillaries: as, capillary circulation.
    • capillary Pertaining to the phenomena of the rise of fluids in tubes and chinks, and, more generally, to the collecting of liquids in drops, their spreading over surfaces (as oil on water), and various other phenomena explicable proximately by surface-tension and ultimately by cohesion and adhesion, considered as forces acting at finite but insensible distances.
    • capillary In surgery, linear: descriptive of a fracture of the skull without separation of the parts of the injured bones.
    • n capillary pl. capillaries (-riz).
    • n capillary A tube with a small bore. Specifically
    • n capillary In anatomy: One of the minute blood-vessels which form a network between the terminations of the arteries and the beginnings of the veins. They are formed of a single endothelial coat, and the finer ones may be no larger in diameter than is sufficient to allow the passage of a blood-corpuscle.
    • n capillary One of the minute lymphatic ducts.
    • n capillary One of the intercellular passages in the liver which unite to form the bile-ducts.
    • n capillary In botany, a fern: especially applied to such ferns as grow like tufts of hair on walls. Sir T. Browne. See I., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Human blood travels 60,000 miles per day on its journey through the arteries, arterioles and capillaries and back through the venules and veins.
    • adj Capillary kap′il-a-ri or ka-pil′a-ri as fine or minute as a hair: having a very small bore, as a tube
    • n Capillary a tube with a bore as fine as a hair:
    • adj Capillary kap′il-a-ri or ka-pil′a-ri, as fine or minute as a hair: having a very small bore, as a tube
    • n Capillary (pl.) the minute vessels that unite the veins and arteries in animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. capillaris, fr. capillus, hair. Cf. Capillaire


In literature:

Universal systemic capillary anastomosis.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
One of which the bulb is kept moist by the capillary attraction of cotton fibres from an attached reservoir.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A deep and absorptive subsoil returns water to the surface, by capillary action, as it is needed.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The blood comes from the capillaries of the womb and vagina.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The capillary depression is inversely proportional to the diameter of the tube.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Is it because the mobility of the heart is less than that of the stomach, and the mobility of the capillaries greater?
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
A loose plug of cotton-wool in the open mouth completes the capillary pipette.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Many of these openings are capillary and sub-capillary in size.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
What do the capillaries constitute?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The capillary theory may not, probably does not, play part in every case.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

In poetry:

"Trifles that claim no very special name,--
Some useful, others chiefly ornamental;
Pins, buttons, rings, and other trivial things,
With various wrecks, capillary and dental.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Selco Products Company offers cold capillary thermostats to the refrigerated truck industry.
Capillary sampling for blood gas analysis.
Fused Silica Capillary Tubing Can Withstand High Temperatures.
Fiberguide Industries, Inc. Delivering reliable operation in demanding conditions, Fiberguide Industries' new line of fused silica capillary tubing has proven effective in a number of scientific applications.
Collagen gel contraction is comparable between well plate and capillary tube formats.
The reaction between allergens and antibodies gives off histamines, which cause the capillaries in your nose to swell, resulting in congestion .
Fused Silica Capillary Tubing Can Withstand High Temperatures.
Revision of D5481 - 10 Standard Test Method for Measuring Apparent Viscosity at High-Temperature and High-Shear Rate by Multicell Capillary Viscometer.
Practice 903.2.2 – 3 points – Capillary break is added on footing.
New Test Method for Perminate Gases in C2 and C3 Products by Capillary Gas Chromatography and Pulse Discharge Helium Ionization Detector.
Revision of D3835 - 08 Standard Test Method for Determination of Properties of Polymeric Materials by Means of a Capillary Rheometer .
WK28548 Standard Test Method for Determination of Properties of Polymeric Materials by Means of a Capillary Rheometer .
Find out why sub-irrigation systems like capillary mats, floor and drain trays, troughs or benches and flood floors offer a better alternative to top-down watering methods.
Free surfactants that are not bound to oil, contamination, and the metal surface attach to the developed bubble at the capillary peak.
" Viscosity &mdash.Capillary Viscometer Methods," <912>.

In science:

Typically, the capillary diameter tolerance, as given by manufacturers, is 3 microns.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Within one row of 15 capillaries, this could add up to 45 microns, which is enough for the matrix to get out of shape.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We thank the workshop at AIP for the careful manufacture of the mechanical parts of the IFU. The use of fused silica capillary tubes to establish the layout of fibers was suggested by Gary Nelson at Polymicro Technologies Inc.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
The mass of the boronsilikate capillary tube is 0.094mg per 1mm of its length.
Development of High Granulated Straw Chambers of Large Sizes
Capillary tube - (1), isolation gap - (2), (3)- molten location of wire.
Development of High Granulated Straw Chambers of Large Sizes