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Artery and vein cross-section

Found in: Virtual Microscope

Zoom in and out! The zoomable image (Flash required) shows the cross section of an artery and a vein.

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Use the horizontal slider to zoom into the image. On the left you can see a collapsed vein (the structure with the shape of a “2”), the oval structure on the right bottom is an artery. You can clearly see that the wall of the artery is substantially thicker. This is necessary to withstand the higher blood pressure.

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