Can I connect these two statements through a semicolon?

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Tight Junctions of endothelial cells form the central stucture of the blood brain barrier; adjacent pericytes are associated with the perivascular endfeet of astrocytes Is this the correct usage of a semicolon? I want to connect these two sentences into one bigger more descriptive sentence. Is this possible?

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Tight junctions of endothelial cells form the central structure of the blood brain barrier, adjacent pericytes are associated with the perivascular endfeet of astrocytes
asked Nov 24 '12 at 15:54 Peter Stamos New member

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Yes, a semi-colon (not a colon) is used to join two independent clauses together.  To learn more about the use of the semi-colon and colon, you can click on the Grammarly Handbook link below.   

link comment answered Nov 24 '12 at 16:17 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Yes, but longer sentences are not necessarily better sentences -- especially when the information is highly technical. Please consider using a period after "barrier."

 

By the way, you used a semicolon in your question, but your example uses a comma. Using a comma creates an error called a comma splice.

link comment answered Nov 24 '12 at 16:18 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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Yes a semi-colon would do here.  The semi-colon is used to connect two independent clauses, but these clauses should be closely related and have a connected flow of meaning.  If not, then handle them as two seperate sentences.  

link comment answered Nov 24 '12 at 19:37 Fred Shira New member

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