abbreviation or noun

Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of VAD was in 1982

Dictionary Entries Near VAD

Cite this Entry

“VAD.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


abbreviation or noun
: ventricular assist device
Known technically as VADs, or ventricular assist devices, these implants can sometimes rescue even the most desperate patients.Geoffrey Cowley et al., Newsweek
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