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Circulation :
The process of transporting the absorbed food, water and waste products from one place to another in the body is called circulation.

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Circulatory system : There are two types of circulatory system found in the animals :-

(i) Open Circulatory System : In this type of circulatory system, the main blood vessels arise from heart and pour the blood into tissue spaces (sinuses).  e.g. Arthropoda (Cockroach), Echinodermata.

(ii) Closed Circulatory System : In this type of circulatory system, the blood remains only in the blood vessels and is carried to various organ through vessels and capillaries.  e.g. Human beings, Annelida (Earthworm), some molluscs.

In human beings, the circulatory (transport) system is divided into two system :

(i) Blood Circulatory System (ii) Lymphatic System
(a) Blood(a) Lymph
(b) Blood vessels(b) Lymph vessels
(c) Heart

(c) Lymph nodes

Blood circulatory system


Blood is an important fluid conducting tissue, which transport the materials to different body parts.

Composition of Blood : 

Liquid part - (Matrix) - Blood plasma

Solid part -  Blood corpuscles - (RBC, WBC and Platelets)

 Plasma :

  • It composes 55% of blood.
  • The plasma has 90-92% water and remaining 8% -10% are other materials.
  • The plasma is a faint yellow viscous fluid.
  • Plasma contains some soluble proteins (serum albumin, serum globulins, prothrombin and fibrinogen), inorganic salts, food materials, waste products, dissolved gases, anticoagulants and antibodies.

 Function of Plasma :

(i) Transportation of nutrients, respiratory gases, excretion of wastes and hormones of endocrine glands.

(iii) Prothrombin and fibrinogen plasma proteins help in blood clotting at injuries.

(iv) Globulins of blood plasma act as antibodies and provide immunity (disease resistance) to body.

(v) Plasma also helps in transportation of minerals like iron, copper etc.

 Blood Corpuscles :

  • They form 45% part of blood.
  • Erythrocytes or Red Blood Corpuscles (RBC)
  • Leucocytes or White Blood Corpuscles (WBC)
  • Platelets or Thrombocytes.

Comparative Study of Blood Corpuscles

1ShapeCircular, BiconcaveRounded, IrregularRounded or Oval
2Size (Diameter in μm)7-8, Smaller than WBCs12 – 20, Larger than RBCs2 – 5, Smallest blood corpuscles
3Number or Count
 (Per cubic millimeter)
5.5 million in males, 4.5
 million in females
8000–110001.5 – 4.5 lakhs
4ColourRed due to
5StructureThey lack a cell nucleus and most organelles.
They contain all cell organellesNon-nucleated cells
6Life Span120 days1 – 7 days2 – 5 days
7FunctionsTransport oxygen and small amount of carbon di-oxideAct as the soldiers, scavengers and builders of bodyHelp is blood clotting

Functions of Blood :

1. Transportation of oxygen from lungs to tissues.

2. Transportation of carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs.

3. Transportation of excretory material from the tissues to the kidneys : Some of the chemical activities in the body form nitrogenous end products, like urea, that are poisonous. These substances diffuse into the capillaries and are carried by plasma. When they eventually reach the kidneys, a large proportion of them is removed and excreted.

4. Transportation of digested food from the small intestine to the tissue.

5. Distribution of hormones and enzymes.

6. Formation of clots to prevent blood loss.

7. Distribution of heat and temperature control : Muscular and chemical activities release heat. The heat so produced is distributed locally all around the body by the blood and in this way an even temperature is maintained in all body regions.

8. Prevention of infection and wound healing : WBCs in the blood help in wound healing. Bacteria are destroyed by the WBCs before they can enter the general circulation. Also, the WBCs provide defence to the body against disease germs and foreign substances. 

  • Haemopoiesis  : The process of formation of blood is called hoemopoiesis. This process occurs in red bone marrow and lymphoid tissues (spleen, thymus and lymphatic nodes)
  • Study of blood - Haematology
  • Blood by weight - 7 to 8% of body weight
  • Blood by volume - 5-6 litres in male and 4-5 litres in female
  • Process of RBC formation - Erythropoiesis.
  • Decrease in RBC count - Anaemia
  • Number of RBC count increases at high altitude, this condition known as polycythemia
  • Blood red in colour due to red coloured respiratory pigment haemoglobin present in RBC .
  • Iron (Ferrous ion Fe+2 )element found in Haem component of haemoglobin (Hb).
  • Leukemia: Abnormal increase in TLC (Total Leucocyte Count) . It is also called blood cancer.
  •  On the basis of nucleus and nature of cytoplasm, WBCs are of following types :-
  • (i) Agranulocytes :- (a) Monocytes (b) Lymphocytes
  • (ii) Granulocytes :- (a) Acidophils (b) Basophils (c) Neutrophils

 Maintenence by platelets
When we are injured and start bleeding. Naturally the loss of blood from the system has to be minimised. In addition, leakage would lead to a loss of pressure which would reduce the efficiency of the pumping system. To avoid this, the blood has platelet cells which circulate around the body and plug these leaks by helping to clot the blood at these points of injury.

Blood Clotting 

  • Blood flows from cut or wound but after sometimes it stops automatically. It is called clotting of blood.
  • Mechanism of blood clotting :- (Enzyme Cascade theory)
  • Proposed by MacFarlane and Co-workers.
  • According to this theory, there are 3 steps of blood clotting.
  • Step 1 :- Injured tissues and Damaged platelets release
  • Thomboplastin + Ca+2 → Thrombokinase (An enzyme)
  • Step 2 :- Prothrombin (soluble plasma protein)   Circulatory System and The Human Heart Class 10 Notes | EduRev  Thrombin (An active enzyme)
  • Step 3 :- Fibrinogen (soluble plasma protein) Circulatory System and The Human Heart Class 10 Notes | EduRev Fibrin fibres + blood corpuscles → Blood clot
  • Serum is blood plasma from which fibrinogen, the blood clotting protein, has been removed.
  • 13 clotting factors are helpful in blood clotting.
  • Clotting factor → Fibrinogen
  • Clotting factor I → Prothrombin
  • Clotting factor II → Thromboplastin
  • Clotting factor IV → Calcium
  • Vitamin-K is necessary for the synthesis of clotting factor in liver.

Blood vessels
In human, three types of blood vessels are present.

1. Arteries : The vessels which carry blood from heart to various organs of the body.

2. Veins : They collect the blood from different parts of the body and pour it into the heart.

3. Capillaries : These are smallest blood vessels and one-cell thick.

The major differences between various blood vessels have been given in Table.

Comparative Study of Blood Vessels

S. No.FeaturesArteriesVeinsCapillaries
1Direction of blood flowTake the blood away from heart to different  parts of body.Bring the blood towards the heart from various body parts.Blood flows from arterioles (capillaries) to venules.
2Kind of bloodOxygenated blood except in pulmonary artery.Deoxygenated blood
 except in pulmonary vein.
Blood changes from oxygenated to deoxygenated.
3Blood pressurePressure is highPressure is low.Pressure is extremely low
4Blood flowBlood flows rapidly with jerks.Blood flows smoothly
 without jerks.
Blood flows smoothly without jerks.
5LumenNarrowWideVery small
6Semilunar valvesAbsentPresentAbsent
7LocationMostly deep seated.Mostly superficial.Form a network all over the body and in the organs.


Size - 5 × 3.5 inches

Colour - Pink

Shape - Conical

Weight - 300 gm.

Position : It is situated in thoracic cavity, between the lungs slightly on the ventral surface.

• Its triangular, superior-broad portion is tilted slightly towards right (dorsal) side, its lower narrow portion is tilted towards left side.

• Heart is enclosed from all the sides by an envelope of two membranes called pericardial membranes (pericardium).

• The narrow space in between these two membranes is called pericardial cavity. A fluid is present in this cavity, called pericardial fluid.

• Pericardial fluid prevents the heart from external jerks.

• It reduces the friction during contraction.

• The human heart is divisible into four chambers.

• The upper two chambers are auricles (atria) while the lower two chambers are called ventricles.

• In between the auricles and ventricles, a clear groove is present which is known as coronary sulcus. 

 External structure of Heart :

• Auricular part of heart is smaller and its walls are thin.

• It is divided into right and left auricles, by a groove called inter-auricular sulcus.

• Ventricular part is broad and muscular.

• Ventricles have thicker wall than auricles.

• The groove which divides the two ventricles is termed as inter-ventricular sulcus.

Circulatory System and The Human Heart Class 10 Notes | EduRev

Circulatory System and The Human Heart Class 10 Notes | EduRev  

Internal structure of Heart : 

• Partition between right and left auricle is known as inter-auricular septum while partition between the two ventricles is known as inter- ventricular septum.

• Partition between auricles and ventricles is known as auriculo-ventricular septum.


(A) Right Auricle (Atrium) :

• The right auricle has the openings of the superior vena cava, inferior vena cava and coronary sinus.

• Deoxygenated blood from the veins of the head, neck and upper limbs enters the right auricle by superior vena cava and from the rest of the body and lower limbs by the inferior vena cava.

• The coronary sinus, which drains deoxygenated blood from the heart muscle.

• From the right auricle blood passes into the right ventricle through a tricuspid valve, (so called because it has three cusps.)

 (B) Rigth Ventricle :

• Blood leaves the right ventricle through the pulmonary artery. It is guarded by semilunar valve.

• This artery further divides into right and left pulmonary arteries entering into the two lungs where they further branch into pulmonary capillaries.

 (C) Left Auricle (Atrium) :

• This chamber receives four pulmonary veins, two from each lung from where they bring oxygenated blood.

• The left auricle empties its blood into the left ventricle through a mitral or bicuspid valve. 

 (D) Left Ventricle :

• Blood leaves the left ventricle by the large, main artery of the body called the aorta.

• The opening from the left ventricle into the aorta is guarded by aortic semilunar valve.

• Just beyond these, a pair of coronary arteries are present which supply blood to heart muscles.

• This blood is brought back to heart by coronary veins which join to form coronary sinus.

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Haversian valve - Present on the opening of superior vena cava (SVC)

Eustachian valve - Present on the opening of inferior vena cava (IVC)

Thebesian valve - Present at the opening of coronary sinus.

Columnae carnae - Finger like projection from ventricle inner walls.

Papillary muscles - Present at the tip of columnal carnae.

Chorda tendinae - Arise from papillary muscles and keep the valves in proper position.

Musculi pectinati - Transverse muscular ridges present on auricles' inner walls.

Working of the heart

• The heart of the human works like a pump.

• Pure oxygenated blood enters the left auricle from lungs through pulmonary veins.

• The deoxygenated blood from various part of the body enters right auricle through veins and capillaries.

• The two auricles contract simultaneously so the oxygenated blood from left auricle to left ventricle and deoxygenated blood from right auricle is pumped into right ventricle.

• Now both the ventricles contract simultaneously so the pressure is created on the blood and the valves between auricle and ventricle close and the blood does not go back into auricle.

• Due to this pressure, aorta valve opens and the blood comes in aorta, from here, blood is sent to different parts of the body with the help of various arteries.

• By the contraction of right ventricle, blood reaches the lungs through pulmonary arteries where it gets reoxygenated.

 Heart beat:

• Rhythmic contraction and expansion of heart is called heart beat. Contraction and expansion occurs separately in atria and ventricles.

• The Sinu-Atrial node (SA node) found in the wall of the right atrium, is responsible to initiate and maintain the heart beat by generating impulses.

• SA node is also known as "Pacemaker" of heart. In some heart patients, the heart does not beat normally. The muscle cells stop functioning. In such patients, a machine called pace maker is inserted in the patient's heart, so that heart beats normally.

 Heart beat in human is 72 times in one minute.

• Each heart beat has two components, systole and diastole. Systole represents contraction while diastole represents expansion or distension of heart chambers.

Tachycardia :- It is the condition where heart beat (rate) exceeds 90 per minute for an average adult man.

Bradycardia :- It is the condition where heart beat falls below 60 per minute for an average adult man.

Cardiac Cycle :- The sequence of events which takes place during the completion of one heart beat.


• A wave of distension passes along the arteries following each ventricular systole. This wave of distension is called arterial pulse.

• It is generally felt by placing fingers over the radial artery at the wrist.

• The pulse rate is same as heart beat rate.


Ist Sound - This is a contraction sound which denotes the beginning of ventricle-contraction. It arises due to closing of mitral valve and the tricuspid valve. It is weak and appears in the form of " Lubb " (L - U - B - B)

IInd Sound - This is a diastolic sound which denotes the beginning of ventricular diastole. This arises due to the closing of the semi-lunar valves and is heard in the form of " Dup".

• These "Lubb" and "Dup" sounds of the heart can be heard with the help of an instrument called " Stethoscope." 

 Electrocardiogram (ECG)

• The functioning of heart can be graphically recorded by an instrument called electrocardiograph.

• The heart muscles generate electric currents which bring about heart beats. The electrical changes during heart beat can be graphically recorded by placing electrodes on the chest above the heart and connecting the electrodes to a sensitive galvanometer with a recording device.

• The graphic recording is called an electrocardiogram (ECG.)

• It was first of all recorded by " Waller"

"Einthovan" is known as the Father of Electro Cardio Graphy.

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