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interstitium

Sunday 17 February 2019

Definition : The interstitium is a contiguous fluid-filled space existing between a structural barrier, such as a cell wall or the skin, and internal structures, such as organs, including muscles and the circulatory system.

The fluid in this space is called interstitial fluid, comprises water and solutes, and drains into the lymph system.

The interstitial compartment is composed of connective and supporting tissues within the body – called the extracellular matrix – that are situated outside the blood and lymphatic vessels and the parenchyma of organs.

See also

- extracellular matrix