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Vessels that carry blood away from the heart
Smallest Arteries, diameter .3mm-10um
Simple squamous epithelium that lines lumen of all vessels
contraction of the smooth muscle cells decreases the diameter of the vessel
relaxation of smooth muscle cells, increases diameter
Smallest veins 8-100um
prevent backflow of blood away from the heart
Blood vessels; small arteries, arterioles and metarterioles that form a mahor part in total peripheral resistance to blood flow
Carries deoxygenated to heart except pulmonary veins who carry oxygen in them
Ability to stretch and to store blood pressure in blood vessel
Diversion of blood from artery directly to a vein
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