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Bodily fluids listed below are found in the bodies of men and/or women. Some may be found in animals as well. They include fluids that are excreted or secreted from the body as well as fluids that normally are not. These respective fluids would include: Excretion is the process of eliminating waste products of metabolism and other materials that are of no use. ... Secretion is the process of segregating, elaborating, and releasing chemicals from a cell, or a secreted chemical substance or amount of substance. ...

Feces, while not generally classed as a body fluid, are often treated similarly to body fluids, and are sometimes fluid or semi-fluid in nature. The amniotic sac is a tough but thin transparent pair of membranes which holds a developing embryo (and later fetus) until shortly before birth. ... “Unborn child” redirects here. ... The aqueous humour is a a thick watery substance that is located in the eye. ... Bile (or gall) is a bitter, yellow or green alkaline fluid secreted by hepatocytes from the liver of most vertebrates. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... Blood plasma is the liquid component of blood, in which the blood cells are suspended. ... Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is a yellowish, waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and many other mammals. ... Wet-type human earwax on a cotton swab. ... Pre-ejaculate (also known as pre-ejaculatory fluid or Cowpers fluid) is the clear lubricating fluid that is issued from a mans penis when he is aroused. ... Pre-ejaculate (also known as pre-ejaculatory fluid or Cowpers fluid) is the clear lubricating fluid that is issued from a mans penis when he is aroused. ... Chyle is a milky fluid (bodily fluid) consisting of lymph and emulsified fats, or free fatty acids (FFAs). ... Chyme is the liquid substance found in the stomach before passing through the pyloric valve and entering the duodenum. ... Female ejaculation refers to the expulsion of noticeable amounts of fluid from the urethra by women during orgasm. ... Interstitial fluid (or tissue fluid, or intercellular fluid) is a solution which bathes and surrounds the cells of multicellular animals. ... In mammals including humans, the lymphatic vessels (or lymphatics) are a network of thin tubes that branch, like blood vessels, into tissues throughout the body. ... The menstrual cycle is the periodic change in a womans body that occurs every month between puberty and menopause and that relates to reproduction. ... It has been suggested that the section Benefits for the infant from the article Breastfeeding be merged into this article or section. ... Mucus is a slippery secretion of the lining of various membranes in the body. ... Pleural effusion is a medical condition where fluid accumulates in the pleural cavity which surrounds the lungs, making it hard to breathe. ... Pus is a whitish-yellow or yellow substance produced during inflammatory responses of the body that can be found in regions of pyogenic bacterial infections. ... Saliva is the watery and usually frothy substance produced in the mouths of humans and some animals. ... Schematic view of a hair follicle with sebaceous gland. ... Horse semen being collected for breeding purposes. ... Blood plasma is the liquid component of blood, in which the blood cells are suspended. ... SWEAT is an OLN/TSN show hosted by Julie Zwillich that aired in 2003-2004. ... The tear system. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Vaginal lubrication is the naturally produced lubricating fluid that reduces friction during sexual intercourse. ... Vomiting (or emesis) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth. ... Horse feces Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is a waste product from an animals digestive tract expelled through the anus (or cloaca) during defecation. ...


Internal body fluids, which are not usually leaked or excreted to the outside world, include:

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), Liquor cerebrospinalis, is a clear bodily fluid that occupies the subarachnoid space in the brain (the space between the skull and the cerebral cortex—more specifically, between the arachnoid and pia layers of the meninges). ... Synovial fluid is a thin, stringy fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. ... The cytosol (as opposed to cytoplasm, which also includes the organelles) is the internal fluid of the cell, and a large part of cell metabolism occurs here. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... The aqueous humour is a a thick watery substance that is located in the eye. ... Vitreous humour is the clear aqueous solution that fills the space between the lens and the retina of the vertebrate eyeball. ...

Bodily fluids in religion and history

Bodily fluids are regarded with varying levels of disgust among world cultures, including the Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) and Hinduism. In Hinduism substances that have left the body are considered unclean, although there are some sects which smear cremated body ash on their foreheads as symbolic gestures.


Feces and urine have been used by religions on every continent for atonement, rites of passage, and funerary rites.


One interesting example is the alleged consumption of some ancient sects of the urine of people intoxicated with hallucinogenic mushrooms or creepers, as the urine contained high concentrations of the drug and could be "re-used."


Attitudes concerning bodily fluids aside, there is a long human history of their use in religion, medicine, art, sex, and folklore. Some believe that the tradition of shaking hands with the right hand stems from using the left hand to clean up after defecation, as a result, shaking hands with the left hand is considered insulting in many cultures. Medicine is the science and art of maintaining andor restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Bodily fluids in popular culture

In Western culture, many people find bodily fluids distasteful or even taboo. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have long been a popular subject for comedy. Perhaps the most famous appearance of bodily fluids in popular culture is in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, in which the character of "General Jack D. Ripper" (played by Sterling Hayden) worries obsessively about a global Communist conspiracy to "sap and impurify" the "precious bodily fluids" of Americans through water fluoridation. This article is about cultural prohibitions in general, for other uses, see Taboo (disambiguation). ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... “Kubrick” redirects here. ... For the hit 1987 single by Depeche Mode, see the album Music for the Masses Film poster for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 satirical film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ... Sterling Hayden (March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986) was an American actor. ... Communism is an ideology that seeks to establish a classless, stateless social organization based on common ownership of the means of production. ... Water fluoridation is the practice of adding fluoride compounds to water with the intended purpose of reducing tooth decay in the general population. ...


In MPAA and ESRB ratings of movies and video games, respectively, the depiction of blood is frequently enough to raise the rating to exclude children. In the ESRB system, for example, bloodless "fantasy violence" is considered suitable for games rated Everyone, but games involving more than "minimal and/or infrequent" bloodshed are rated Teen. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ...


Body fluids in art

A relatively new trend in contemporary art is to use body fluids in art, though there have been rarer uses of blood (and perhaps feces) for quite some time, and Marcel Duchamp used semen decades ago. Examples include: This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Marcel Duchamp (pronounced ) (July 28, 1887 – October 2, 1968) was a French artist (he became an American citizen in 1955) whose work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War II Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the... Horse semen being collected for breeding purposes. ...

  • The controversial Piss Christ (1987), by Andres Serrano, which is a photograph of a crucifix submerged in urine;
  • Self (1991, recast 1996) by Marc Quinn, a frozen cast of the artist's head made entirely of his own blood;
  • Piss Flowers, by Helen Chadwick (1991-92), are twelve white-enamelled bronzes cast from cavities made by urinating in snow (though this might not be characertised as the use of bodily fluids in art, just their use in preparation);
  • performances by Lennie Lee involving feces, blood, vomit from 1990
  • many paintings by Chris Ofili, which make use of elephant dung (from 1992).
  • Gilbert and George's The Naked Shit Pictures (1995)
  • Hermann Nitsch and Das Orgien Mysterien Theatre use urine, feces, blood and more in their ritual performances.
  • Franko B from 1990 blood letting performances.

Piss Christ. ... Andres Serrano Andres Serrano (born August 15, 1950) is an American photographer who has become most notorious for his controversial piece Piss Christ, a red-tinged photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artists own urine. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Crucifix, a cross with corpus, a symbol used in Catholicism in contrast with some other Christian communions, which use only a cross. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Quinns sculpture in Carrara marble, Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), for The Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... Helen Chadwick (1953 - March 15, 1996) was a British artist. ... Urination, also called micturition, is the process of disposing urine from the urinary bladder through the urethra to the outside of the body. ... Lennie Lee, Young British Artist, was born March 4, 1958 in Johannesberg, South Africa. ... No Woman No Cry by Chris Ofili (1998) Chris Ofili (born 1968) is an English painter noted for works referencing aspects of his Nigerian background. ... Genera and Species Loxodonta Loxodonta cyclotis Loxodonta africana Elephas Elephas maximus Elephas antiquus † Elephas beyeri † Elephas celebensis † Elephas cypriotes † Elephas ekorensis † Elephas falconeri † Elephas iolensis † Elephas planifrons † Elephas platycephalus † Elephas recki † Stegodon † Mammuthus † Elephantidae (the elephants) is a family of pachyderm, and the only remaining family in the order Proboscidea... Dung can refer to: (what lana belchers face looks like) Look up dung in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gilbert Prousch (or Proesch) (born in San Martin (San Martino), Italy, September 11, 1943) and George Passmore (born in Devon, England January 8, 1942), better known as Gilbert & George, are artists. ... Hermann Nitsch (b. ... Franko B was born 1960 in Milan, Italy. ...

Body fluids and health

Modern medical hygiene and public health practices also treat body fluids as unclean. This is because they can be vectors for infectious diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases or blood-borne diseases. Public health is concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. ... In epidemiology, a vector is an organism that does not cause disease itself but which spreads infection by conveying pathogens from one host to another. ... A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an illness caused by an infectious pathogen that has a significant probability of transmission between humans by means of sexual contact, including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex. ... A blood-borne disease is one that can be spread by contamination by blood. ...


Safer sex practices try to avoid exchanges of body fluids. Safe sex (also called safer sex) is a term describing practices designed to reduce the risk of sustaining or imparting sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) (also known as sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs in the US). ...


See also

Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ... Ritual purification is a feature of many religions. ... A blood-borne disease is one that can be spread by contamination by blood. ... Fluid bonding is the practice of sexual partners who explicitly choose to expose themselves to each others bodily fluids. ... A medical technologist (MT) is a healthcare professional who performs diagnostic analytic tests on human body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. ...

References

  • Paul Spinrad. (1999) The RE/Search Guide to Bodily Fluids. Juno Books. ISBN 1-890451-04-5
  • John Bourke. (1891) Scatologic Rites of All Nations. Washington, D.C.: W.H. Lowdermilk.

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Body fluid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (329 words)
Bodily fluids are fluids, which are generally excreted or secreted from the human body.
Bodily fluids are regarded with varying levels of disgust among Western cultures, as well as many Middle Eastern cultures; the perception is that bodily fluids are unclean (which is not strictly true as urine is in most cases completely sterile until it exits the body).
Attitudes concerning bodily fluids aside, there is a long human history of their use in religion, medicine, art, sex, and folklore.
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