Femoral vein and artery, light micrograph

Femoral vein and artery, light micrograph

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Caption: Femoral vein and artery. Light micrograph of a transverse section through femoral (thigh) tissue showing a vein (left) and an artery (right). Both have lumens (white) lined with smooth muscle (pink), but the artery has a thicker, more dense smooth muscle wall and narrower lumen in order to maintain the high pressure needed to move the blood around the leg. resorcin-fuchsin/azocarmine/naphthol green stain. Magnification: x30 when printed 10cm wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, arterial, artery, azocarmine, biological, biology, blood, circulation, circulatory system, femoral tissue, histological, histology, human body, leg, light micrograph, light microscope, medical, naphthol green, pressure, resorcin-fuchsin, stain, thigh, vein, venous, vessel, vessels

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