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extracellular spaceAbbreviation: EC space
The space between cells. It contains tissue fluid, the water derived from plasma in the adjacent capillaries. The water flows among capillaries, tissue spaces, and cells.See: extracellular fluid
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situated or occurring outside a cell or cells.
all of the constituents of the body outside the cells; include water, electrolytes, protein, glucose, enzymes, hormones.
all of the body fluid lying outside the cells. Includes intravascular fluid or plasma and the interstitial fluid. That part of the extracellular fluid that is in special cavities which have special characteristics, e.g. synovial fluid, urine, aqueous humor of eye, are called transcellular fluids.
the network of proteins and carbohydrates that surround a cell or fill the intercellular spaces.