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CAPILLARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does capillary mean? 

CAPILLARY (noun)
  The noun CAPILLARY has 2 senses:

1. a tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action
2. any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules

  Familiarity information: CAPILLARY used as a noun is rare.


CAPILLARY (adjective)
  The adjective CAPILLARY has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to hair
2. long and slender with a very small internal diameter

  Familiarity information: CAPILLARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CAPILLARY (noun)


Sense 1capillary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tube of small internal diameter; holds liquid by capillary action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

capillary; capillary tube; capillary tubing

Hypernyms ("capillary" is a kind of...):

tube; tubing (conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases)

Holonyms ("capillary" is a part of...):

thermometer (measuring instrument for measuring temperature)


Sense 2capillary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

capillary vessel; capillary

Hypernyms ("capillary" is a kind of...):

blood vessel (a vessel in which blood circulates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "capillary"):

glomerulus (a small intertwined group of capillaries in the malpighian body; it filters the blood during urine formation)

tomentum; tomentum cerebri (a network of tiny blood vessels between the cerebral surface of the pia mater and the cerebral cortex)


CAPILLARY (adjective)


Sense 1capillary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to hair

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

hair (a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss)


Sense 2capillary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Long and slender with a very small internal diameter

Synonyms:

hairlike; capillary

Context example:

a capillary tube

Similar:

thin (of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section)


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