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ex·tra·cel·lu·lar flu·id (ECF),

1. the interstitial fluid and the plasma, constituting about 20% of the weight of the body;
2. sometimes used to mean all fluid outside of cells, usually excluding transcellular fluid.
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extracellular fluid

Any fluid not contained within cells, which includes plasma, interstitial fluid and any fluid contained within a natural cavity (e.g., joint fluid, CSF, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, etc.).
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ex·tra·cel·lu·lar flu·id

(ECF) (eks'tră-sel'yŭ-lăr flū'id)
1. The interstitial fluid and the plasma, constituting about 20% of the weight of the body;
2. Sometimes used to mean all fluid outside of cells, but usually excluding transcellular fluid.
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