Types of Arteries

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Types of Arteries
Types of ArteriesAlthough arteries have the same general structure, they can be divided into groups by their specific functional characteristics. The three types of arteries discussed in this chapter are elastic arteries, muscular arteries, and arterioles.
Elastic Arteries Elastic arteries have the largest diameter of the three groups of arteries. The aorta is a good example of an elastic artery. One of the chief characteristics of elastic arteries is their ability to stretch and hold additional volume, thus performing the function of a "capacitance" vessel. Just as an electrical capacitor stores charge when given an increased v…
Lee Waite, Ph.D., P.E.; Jerry Fine, Ph.D.: Applied Biofluid Mechanics, Second Edition. Types of Arteries, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2017), AccessEngineering Export