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a capillary tube
  a slender tube — especially the smallest blood vessels
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capillary capillaries
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  • a capillary tube
  • Blood flow velocity decreases in the capillaries because of the increase in total cross-sectional area.
  • Instead of going for the jugular, his instinct is to go for the capillaries.
  • The narrow alleys are the capillaries leading to the streets that lead to the boulevards.

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  • Pressure on the capillaries from tight clothing keeps them from filling.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But already the water is filling her capillaries, improving the flow of her blood; already she thinks more keenly.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I even know what capillaries are, I even spelled it right.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • His gaze keeps sliding toward the mess on her head, the shiny clump of brain tissue, the crisscrossing network of veins and capillaries.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Light flickered on bits of ruby glass and on sensitive capillary hairs in the nylon-brushed nostrils of the creature that quivered gently, gently, gently, its eight legs spidered under it on rubber-padded paws.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Langdon fought the gag reflex and relaxed his chest while his pulmonary capillaries dilated.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver in the scalded air.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • …at your brain, jump inside want to scream troops of tapping feet fall into rhythm, marking time, right between your eyes get the urge to dance louder, louder, ultra gray-matter power, shock waves of energy mushroom inside your head you want to let go detonate, annihilate barriers, bring down the walls, unleashing floodwaters, freeing long-captive dreams to ride the current through arteries and capillaries, pulsing, rushing, raging torrents pounding against your heart sweeping you away.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, its wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver in the scalded air.
    Ray Bradbury  --  There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Broken capillaries in his face, in his eyes.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Percy traced his hand across a web of capillaries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • The corpse spun around, staring at David as though every vein and capillary would burst.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Junior’s face and limbs were puffy, his capillaries leaking out what was being poured into him.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I cried until I was spent, dehydrated, my eyes and the flesh around them a site map of broken capillaries.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Cut down on sleep and you impair circulation and contract the capillaries, which causes hydration and sagging.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The Old Magic that crested within him was terrifying, electric surges of energy that rocketed through every vein and capillary.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The sap of his outermost capillaries plays havoc with the earth, for the way the sap exits in lines and curves is the scythe of fate.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The mosaic thickens and throws more clots, and the clots drift through the bloodstream into the small capillaries, where they get stuck.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • From a distance, it looks like a simple vial, but stepping up to look at it more closely Hiro can see at least haifa dozen tiny individual compartments inside the thing, all connected to each other by capillary tubes.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • She met a sculptor with a face full of burst capillaries, English, his wife was dying, and she had a long talk with him, a completely intense conversation about the way in which their work exposed them, layer by layer, as inadequate, and they took solace one from the other, seeing how such things can be shared no matter how seemingly unique.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The city was hers, as, made up and sleeked so with the customary words and images (cosmopolitan, culture, cable cars) it had not been before: she had sale-passage tonight to its far blood’s branchings, be they capillaries too small for more than peering into, or vessels mashed together in shameless municipal hickeys, out on the skin for all but tourists to see.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • They are not that massive, but they come equipped with a capillary, a very tiny channel, that emerges here, as you can clearly see, just above the tip.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Capillaries in our retinas were spontaneously hemorrhaging.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Capillary attraction is a natural phenomenon.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Six hours after death the capillaries coagulate.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The director of CERN, Maximilian Kohler, opened his eyes to the cool rush of cromolyn and leukotriene in his body, dilating his bronchial tubes and pulmonary capillaries.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • How can they say that, when I’ve won a special mention for my essay on Temperance, about drunken men having car accidents and freezing to death in snowstorms because the alcohol dilates their capillaries?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Now that he was trained to see, he put together the other clues he recalled: red palms, the starburst of capillaries on cheek and neck, the womanly breasts, and the absence of armpit hair.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • For Hans Castorp understood that this living body—with its mysterious symmetry of limbs, nourished by blood through a network of nerves, veins, arteries, capillaries, all oozing lymph; with its scaffold of bones, some of them tubes filled with marrow, some like blades, some like bulbs, some torqued vertebrae, but all originating in a gelatinous base that with the help of calcium salts and lime had grown Arm enough to support the rest; with its joints made of tendons, cartilage, and…
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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