Because the capillary wall may be considered a semipermeable membrane, allowing salt solutions to pass freely through it, the hydrostatic pressure forcing these solutions into tissues is balanced by the osmotic pressure - generated by colloidal (protein) solutions trapped in the capillary - forcing an absorption of fluid from the tissues.
- F. Starling:
On the absorption of fluids from the connective tissue spaces.
Journal of Physiology, Cambridge, 1896, 19: 312-326.
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