an·​gio·​gen·​e·​sis ˌan-jē-ō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce angiogenesis (audio)
: the formation and differentiation of blood vessels
angiogenic adjective

Examples of angiogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Research in blood vessel cells suggests that the application of extracellular thymosin beta-4 may also regulate processes such as cell motility and angiogenesis. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 It’s well established that exercise promotes angiogenesis throughout the body, in order to deliver oxygen-rich blood to muscles more efficiently. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 May 2021 His early enthusiasm for Judah Folkman's drugs that inhibited angiogenesis (the process tumors use to generate their own blood vessels) turned out to be vastly overblown. George Johnson, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2013 Fibroblast growth factor 9 delivery during angiogenesis produces durable, vasoresponsive microvessels wrapped by smooth muscle cells. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2011 This insight supported the development of angiogenesis inhibitors, a type of drug that cuts off the blood supply to these tumors. Markham Heid, Time, 1 Nov. 2022 Today, patients often take a combination of both immunotherapy and angiogenesis-inhibitor drugs. Markham Heid, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 The primary goal of the study was to measure markers of angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood vessels. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 May 2021 This leads to the creation of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. Seena Mathew, Quartz, 31 July 2021 See More

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Word History


angio- + genesis, perhaps after French angiogénie

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of angiogenesis was in 1888

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“Angiogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


an·​gio·​gen·​e·​sis -ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce angiogenesis (audio)
plural angiogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce angiogenesis (audio)
: the formation and differentiation of blood vessels
angiogenic adjective

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