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Etymology: AS, bodig + L, fluere, to flow
(2) A term often used with specific reference to those fluids to which health care workers might reasonably be exposed—e.g., blood, urine, saliva, semen
1. Any fluid in the body including blood, urine, saliva, sputum, tears, semen, milk, or vaginal secretions.
2. BF is often used with specific reference to those fluids to which health care workers might reasonably be exposed including blood, urine, saliva, and semen.
A fluid found in one of the fluid compartments of the body. The principal fluid compartments are intracellular and extracellular. A much smaller segment, the transcellular, includes fluid in the tracheobronchial tree, the gastrointestinal tract, and the bladder; cerebrospinal fluid; and the aqueous humor of the eye. The chemical composition of fluids in the various compartments is carefully regulated. In a normal 154 lb (70 kg) adult human male, 60% of total body weight (i.e., 42 L) is water; in a normal adult female is 55% of total body weight is water (39 L).See: acid-base balance; fluid replacement; fluid balance
See also: fluid