Blood vessels, light micrograph

Blood vessels, light micrograph

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Caption: Light microscopy of a small muscular artery (upper left centre) and a larger vein. The artery shows a thick wall composed of several layers of smooth muscle cells (called the tunica media) bordered by a thin darkly staining inner and outer elastic lamina. The wall of the vein is much thinner and consists of one layer of smooth muscle and a variable amount of elastic laminae. Both vessels have blood within them and inside the vein, blood plasma appears green. Connective tissue around each vessel is the tunica adventitia. Magnification x 160 when printed at 10cm.

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Keywords: artery, biological, biology, blood vessel, circulatory system, elastic, elastic lamina, elastin, histological, histology, light micrograph, light microscopy, section, tunica adventitia, tunica media, vascular, vascular smooth muscle, vascular system, vein, vessel

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