A, Surface view of capillaries in an alveolar wall. B, Cross-sectional view of alveolar walls and their vascular supply. (A, From Maloney JE, Castle BL: Pressure-diameter relations of capillaries and small blood vessels in frog lung. Respir Physiol 7:150, 1969. Reproduced by permission of ASP Biological and Medical Press, North-Holland Division.)
Respiratory Membrane. Figure 39-9 shows the ultrastructure of the respiratory membrane drawn in cross section on the left and a red blood cell on the right. It also shows the diffusion of oxygen from the alveolus into the red blood cell and diffusion of carbon dioxide in the opposite direction. Note the following different layers of the respiratory membrane:
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