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Artery

An artery (plural arteries) is a blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to all parts of the body. Most arteries carry oxygenated blood; the two exceptions are the pulmonary and the umbilical arteries, which carry deoxygenated blood to the organs that oxygenate it. The effective arterial blood volume is that extracellular fluid which fills the arterial system.

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An artery from the retina of a rat at 200-times magnification. Image by Dr. Rong Wen.

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