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Starling's sequence

Alternative eponyms

  • Starling's hypothesis.

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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.

Description

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.

Bibliography

  • F. Starling:
    On the absorption of fluids from the connective tissue spaces.
    Journal of Physiology, Cambridge, 1896, 19: 312-326.

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