Body Water and Electrolytes

Man is dependent on ready access to water for survival. Water is the largest component of the human body and the total body water content varies from approximately 45 to 70% of the total body mass; this therefore corresponds to about 33-531 for a 75 kg man. The water content of the various tissues is maintained relatively constant; as adipose tissue has a low water content (Table 1)

Table 1 Water content of various body tissues for an average 75 kg man


% water

% of body


% of total

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