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Blood Vessels

Blood Vessels


This lesson will classify the various types of blood vessels depending on their structure and function.

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Terms to Know

Vessels of the largest diameter that carry blood away from the heart.


Smaller vessels that branch from arteries that carry blood away from the heart.

Blood Vessels

Tubes that transport blood throughout the body.


The smallest vessels that act as zones of diffusion between blood and tissues.


The surge of pressure felt in an artery when ventricles of the heart contract.


Large diameter vessels that return blood back to the heart and contain valves to prevent backflow of blood.


Small vessels that merge with capillaries to carry blood back to the heart.