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Microvasculature of Specific Organs and Tissues omentum of rats and dogs, studied the arrangement of terminal arterioles, capillaries, and venules in the human conjunctiva and found the pattern to be very similar to that of animals. Using a standard type slit-lamp microscope with a magnification of 62 x , they identified arterioles, collecting venules, true capillaries, precapillary sphincters (or regions) that were reactive, and main arteriovenular channels that formed a direct connection between arterial and venous vessels.

The venous outflow paths begin where capillaries of the muscle layers join fourth order venules which converge to form third order venules. The third order venules go through both muscle layers toward the submucosa where they join 4V 5A Fig. 3 . 1 4 . Diagram of rat intestinal muscle microcirculation showing a single vascular unit. Vessels classified numerically according to branching. Five major arteriolar branches (1A-5A). Four major venular branches (4V-IV). Capillaries (CC) in inner circular muscle and capillaries (LC) in outer longitudinal muscle layers run parallel to muscle fibers.

AC, arterial capillary; RPV, red pulp vein. Arrows indicate the direction of flow. ) III. 6 μπι. 2 μπι. The arterial vessels were shown to be inner­ vated by adrenergic nerves by these investigators and the vessels showed the expected responses to various vasoactive drugs. III. L U N G The final ramification of the pulmonary vascular bed is difficult to study microscopically in the living animal because it is relatively inaccessible without extensive surgical preparation and also because of the continous movement with inspiration and expiration.

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