Human Body

Blood and Circulation

What is the largest artery in the human body?

Blood is sticky because it is denser than water and about five times more viscous than water. Blood is viscous mainly due to the red blood cells. When the number of these cells increases, the blood becomes thicker and flows slower. Conversely, if the number of red blood cells decreases, blood thins and flows faster.

The aorta is the largest artery in the human body. In adults, it is approximately the size of a garden hose. Its internal diameter is 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) thick.


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