AskDefine | Define transudate

Dictionary Definition

transudate n : a substance that transudes [syn: transudation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The product of transudation.
  2. A substance that transudes.


Product of transudation
Transuding substance

Extensive Definition

Transudate is extravascular fluid with low protein content and a specific gravity <1.012. It has low nucleated cell counts (less than 500 to 1000 /microlit) and the primary cell types are mononuclear cells: macrophages, lymphocytes and mesothelia cells. For instance, an ultrafiltrate of blood plasma is transudate. It results from increased fluid pressures or diminished osmotic forces in the plasma.
In females, transudation is a method of lubrication during sexual arousal.


The most common causes of pathologic transudate include embolism, left ventricular heart failure, and cirrhosis. (Cirrhosis leads to hypoalbuminaemia and decreasing of osmotic pressure that causes edema.)

See also

transudate in Spanish: Transudado
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1