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Bioviscoelastic Fluids

  • Yuan-Cheng Fung


Most biofluids are viscoelastic. Our saliva, for example, behaves more like an elastic body than like water. Mucus, sputum, and synovial fluids are well known for their elastic behavior. Viscoelasticity is an important property of mucus. In the respiratory tract mucus is moved by cilia lining the walls of the trachea and bronchi. If the mucus were a Newtonian fluid, the ciliary motion will be less effective in moving it. Similar ciliary motion is responsible for the movement of the ovum from ovary to uterus through the fallopian tube.


Hyaluronic Acid Synovial Fluid Loss Modulus Cervical Mucus Creep Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan-Cheng Fung
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  1. 1.Department of BioengineeringUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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