Cap"il*la*ry (?), a. [L. capillaris, fr. capillus hair. Cf. Capillaire.]


Resembling a hair; fine; minute; very slender; having minute tubes or interspaces; having very small bore; as, the capillary vessels of animals and plants.


Pertaining to capillary tubes or vessels; as, capillary action.

Capillary attraction, Capillary repulsion, the apparent attraction or repulsion between a soild and liquid caused bycapillarity. See Capillarity, and Attraction. -- Capillarity tubes. See the Note under Capillarity.


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Cap"il*la*ry, n.; pl., Capillaries ().


A tube or vessel, extremely fine or minute.

2. 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.


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