- blood clotting
Vital and rapid process to prevent excessive blood loss following an injury which mediates wound healing. Vessels constrict immediately following the injury. Platelets (thrombocytes) adhere to the site of injury and stick to each other. This clot is reinforced by a web made of fibrin fibersAn entire cascade of clotting factors is involved in this process. Genetic defects can lead to an increased tendency to bleed (hemophilia) or blood clotting (thrombosis).