FIGURE 3 The major components of plasma, interstitial fluid, and intracellular fluid. Crosshatching refers to other or minor components. Pr", anionic proteins.

composition resembling that found in all living cells down to the most primitive microorganisms. The predominant cation by far is K+, whose positive charge is largely balanced by anionic proteins and by organic and inorganic phosphates; the next major cation is Mg2+. The intracellular concentrations of Na+, CP, and bicarbonate are very low compared with those found in the ECF.

compartment is somewhat more acidic and is approximately 7.1. The processes responsible for regulating the osmolarity and pH of the body fluids are discussed in Chapter 28.

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