Meaning of capillary

cap•il•lar•y

Pronunciation: (kap'u-ler"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -lar•ies.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or occurring in or as if in a tube of fine bore.
  2. resembling a strand of hair; hairlike.
    1. pertaining to capillarity.
    2. of or pertaining to the apparent attraction or repulsion between a liquid and a solid, observed in capillarity.
  3. pertaining to a capillary or capillaries.
—n.
  1. one of the minute blood vessels between the terminations of the arteries and the beginnings of the veins.
  2. a tube with a small bore.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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