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Fahraeus-Lindqvist effect

Pronunciation: fah-ra'us lind'kvist

Definition: the decrease in apparent viscosity that occurs when a suspension, such as blood, is made to flow through a tube of smaller diameter; observed in tubes less than about 0.3 mm in diameter.

Synonym(s): sigma effect

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