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Anastomosis – The surgical connection or joining of two or more blood vessels.
Arterioles - The smallest divisions of the arteries located between the muscular
arteries and the
Capillaries - The smallest vessels which contain oxygenated blood. The capillaries, allowing
red blood cells to
travel in single file, are responsible for delivering oxygen to the
tissues on a
Endothelium – The layer of epithelial cells that
cavities of the heart and of the
blood and lymph vessels and the serous
cavities of the
body, originating from the mesoderm
Lymph Vessels – The vessels that convey the lymph; they anastomose
freely with each other.
Proliferation of blood vessels in tissue not normally containing them, or proliferation of blood
vessels of a different kind than usual in tissue.
Veins - The
vessels carrying blood toward the heart.
Venules - The minute vessels that collect blood from the
capillary plexuses and
join together to form veins.