Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0669-1;
A venule is a small blood vessel in the microcirculation that allows deoxygenated blood to return from the capillary beds to the larger blood vessels called veins. Venules range from 8 to 100?m in diameter and are formed when capillaries unite. Venules are blood vessels that drain blood directly from the capillary beds. Many venules unite to form a vein. Venule walls have three layers: An inner endothelium composed of squamous endothelial cells that act as a membrane, a middle layer of muscle and elastic tissue and an outer layer of fibrous connective tissue. The middle layer is poorly developed so that venules have thinner walls than arterioles. They are extremely porous so that fluid and blood cells can move easily from the bloodstream through their walls.
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