blood-brain barrier


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(BLUD BRAYN BAHR-ee-ir)

The brain is surrounded by a special layer that protects it from infection. This layer is made up of a network of blood vessels with thick walls. It is hard for bacteria and viruses to get through the thick walls. It is also hard for some substances (like anti-cancer drugs) to get past the walls and into the brain.

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Audio contributed by: Shirley Jones

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