Rete Mirabile

Betsy  Seeton

Denver, United States

  • Available
    Products
    1
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 2

Stationery

Artist's Description

Geese feet are called feet. There isn’t a special name. Geese have a heat exchange mechanism for the feet called a rete mirabile.

A rete mirabile (Latin for ‘wonderful net’; plural retia mirabilia) is a complex of arteries and veins lying very close to each other, found in some vertebrates. The rete mirabile utilizes countercurrent blood flow within the net (blood flowing in opposite directions). It exchanges heat, ions, or gases between vessel walls so that the two bloodstreams within the rete maintain a gradient with respect to temperature, or concentration of gases or solutes. This term was coined by Galen.

Re: Galen
Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus (AD 129–c. 200/c. 216), better known as Galen of Pergamon (modern-day Bergama, Turkey), was a prominent Roman (of Greek ethnicity) physician, surgeon and philosopher.

All Products Tags

goose foot goose

Artwork Comments

  • canonman99
  • Larry Trupp
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.