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To keep conditions as close to normal as possible
The body's way to control mechanisms to prevent dangerous changes
ECF or Extracellular Fluid
- The fluid that is found outside of the cells
- About 1/3 of the total body water
- Includes interstitial fluid
- (fluid between cells, sometimes called the third space.
- Includes blood, lymph, bone, and connective tissue water; and
- the transcellular fluids
ICF and Intracellular Fluid
- The fluid inside the cells
- Contains about 2/3 of the total body water
Water portion of the fluids
The particles dissolved or suspended in the water