It can refer to:
- The interior of a vessel, such as the central space in an artery, vein or capillary through which blood flows.
- The interior of the gastrointestinal tract
- The pathways of the bronchi in the lungs
- The interior of renal tubules and urinary collecting ducts
- The pathways of the female genital tract, starting with a single pathway of the vagina, splitting up in two lumina in the uterus, both of which continue through the fallopian tubes
In cell biology, a lumen is a membrane-defined space that is found inside several organelles, cellular components, or structures:
- Foramen, any anatomical opening
- Thylakoid lumen
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