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Fåhræus-Lindqvist effect

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The decrease in apparent viscosity of blood that occurs when it flows through a vessel of smaller diameter than about 1.5 mm.

Description

The decrease in apparent viscosity of blood that occurs when it flows through a vessel of smaller diameter than about 1.5 mm. Fåhræus published his first paper on suspension stability in 1918 in volume 89 of Biochemische Zeitschrift, Berlin. Suspension stability is the basis for measurements of the sedimentation rate.

Bibliography

  • Robin Fåhraeus:
    The suspension-stability of the blood.
    Acta medica Scandinavica, Stockholm, 1921, 55: 1-228. The suspension stability of the blood.
    Physiological Reviews, Bethesda, 1929, 9: 241-271.

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