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Bodily fluids are fluids, which are generally excreted or secreted from the human body. These respective fluids would include: A subset of the phases of matter, fluids include liquids, gases, plasmas and, to some extent, plastic solids. ... --212. ... Secretion is the process of segregating, elaborating, and releasing chemicals from a cell, or a secreted chemical substance or amount of substance. ... Human anatomy or anthropotomy is a special field within anatomy. ...

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. ... Fetus at eight weeks Foetus redirects here. ... The aqueous humour is the clear, watery fluid that fills the complex space in the front of the eye which is bounded at the front by the cornea and at the rear by the front surface or face of the vitreous humour. ... Bile (or gall) is a bitter, greenish-yellow alkaline fluid secreted by the liver of most vertebrates. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ... 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. ... Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is a yellowish, waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and many other mammals. ... 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. ... Chyme is the liquid substance found in the stomach before passing 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 is one of the two components of extracellular fluid besides plasma. ... 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. ... Jump to: navigation, search A glass of cows milk Milk most often means the nutrient fluid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals. ... Mucus is a slippery secretion of the lining of various membranes in the body (mucous membranes). ... 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 that can be found in regions of bacterial infection, including superficial infections, such as pimples. ... In animals, saliva is produced in and secreted from the salivary glands. ... The sebaceous glands are glands found in the skin of mammals. ... Semen or sperm is a fluid that contains spermatozoa. ... SWEAT is an OLN/TSN show hosted by Julie Zwillich that aired in 2003-2004. ... Tears trickling down the cheeks Lacrimation is the bodys process of producing tears, which are a liquid to clean and lubricate the eyes. ... Urine is liquid waste excreted by the kidneys and eventually expelled from the body in a process known as urination. ... 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. ... Jump to: navigation, search Rabbit feces are usually 0. ...

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


Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 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 thick, 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. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ...

Bodily fluids in religion and history

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). These perceptions are due largely to the influence of Judaism and the teachings of the Old Testament or Torah, and were carried over into Christianity and Islam, who regard these same writings as sacred. Sterility is the quality or state of being unable to reproduce. ... Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ... The Old Testament or the Hebrew Scriptures (also called the Hebrew Bible) constitutes the first major part of the Bible according to Christianity. ... Torah, (תורה) is a Hebrew word meaning teaching, instruction, or especially law. It primarily refers to the first section of the Tanakh–the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, or the Five Books of Moses, but can also be used in the general sense to also include both the Written... Jump to: navigation, search Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament writings of his early followers. ... Jump to: navigation, search Islam ( ♫) (Arabic: الإسلام al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second-largest religion. ... In various religions, sacred (from Latin, sacrum, sacrifice; or simply in English, holy) objects, places or concepts are believed by followers to be intimately connected with the supernatural, or divinity, and are thus greatly revered. ...

Other religions do not share such beliefs. Some sects of Hindu regularly ingest their own urine for health reasons. Hindus, Khoikhoi, and Dinkas smear themselves with dung or dung ashes to atone. Persians once atoned by drinking cow urine. Jump to: navigation, search It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hindu people. ... An 18th century drawing of Khoikhoi worshipping the moon The Khoikhoi (people people or real people) or Khoi are a division of the Khoisan ethnic group of south-western Africa, closely related to the Bushmen (San in the Khoi language). ... The Dinka are a people of southern Sudan, inhabiting the swamplands of the Bahr el Ghazal region of the Nile basin. ... The Persians of Iran (officially named Persia by West until 1935 while still referred to as Persia by some ) are an Iranian people who speak Persian (named Farsi by native speakers) and often refer to themselves as ethnic Iranians as well. ...

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

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 on the Web NLM (National Library of Medicine, contains resources for patients and healthcare professionals) Virtual Hospital (digital health sciences library by the University of Iowa) Online Medical Dictionary Collection of links to free medical resources Categories: Medicine | Health ... Resources ArtLex. ... Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Sex positions Francoeur, Robert T. (ed. ... Folklore is the ethnographic concept of the tales, legends, or superstitions current among a particular population, a part of the oral history of a particular culture. ...

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 an aspect of health services concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. ... Traditionally in medicine, a vector is an organism that does not cause disease itself but which spreads infection by conveying pathogens from one host to another. ... Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), are diseases that are commonly transmitted between partners through some form of sexual activity, most commonly vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or 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 which may risk infection. 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 is the maintenance of healthy practices. ... Ritual purification is a feature of many religions. ... A blood-borne disease is one that can be spread by contamination by blood. ...


  • Paul Spinrad. (1999) The RE/Search Guide to Bodily Fluids. Juno Books. ISBN 1890451045
  • John Bourke. (1891) Scatologic Rites of All Nations. Washington, D.C.: W.H. Lowdermilk.

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