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Alveolar capillary, electron micrograph

Micrograph courtesy of Jeff Morton

This micrograph illustrates one capillary within an alveolar wall.includes portions of several glomerular capillaries. stratum corneum stratum granulosum stratum spinosum capillary venule melanocyte? stratum basale dermis blood vessel u lymphocyte infiltrate blood vessel blood vessel vessel blood vessel vessel nerve artery vein blood vessel blood vessel blood vessel blood vessel fibrous connective tissue adipocyte adipocyte adipose tissue nerve blood vessel

Gas molecules diffusing from alveolar air space to capillary lumen (or vice versa) must pass through the the alveolar epithelium and the capillary endothelium as well as the intervening basement membranes.

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