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1. an obstruction.
2. a partition between two fluid compartments in the body.
3. a covering used to prevent contact with body fluids.
alveolar-capillary barrier (alveolocapillary barrier) see under membrane.
blood-air barrier alveolocapillary membrane.
blood-aqueous barrier the physiologic mechanism that prevents exchange of materials between the chambers of the eye and the blood.
blood-brain barrier see blood-brain barrier.
blood-gas barrier alveolocapillary membrane.
blood-testis barrier a barrier separating the blood from the seminiferous tubules, consisting of special junctional complexes between adjacent Sertoli cells near the base of the seminiferous epithelium.
barrier methods contraceptive methods such as condoms and diaphragms in which a plastic or rubber barrier blocks passage of spermatozoa through the vagina or cervix. See discussion under contraception.
placental barrier the tissue layers of the placenta which regulate the exchange of substances between the fetal and maternal circulation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
the material intervening between alveolar air and the blood; it consists of a nonstructural film or surfactant, alveolar epithelium, basal lamina, and endothelium.
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blood-air bar·ri·er(blŭd-ār bar'ē-ĕr)
The material intervening between alveolar air and the blood; it consists of a nonstructural film or surfactant, alveolar epithelium, basement lamina, and endothelium.
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