blood vessel


Definition of blood vessel

: any of the vessels through which blood circulates in the body

Examples of blood vessel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similar to other lasers, this one converts light into heat, destroying the blood vessel while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Laser Treatments for Hair and Skin," 30 Dec. 2020 When a blood vessel is injured, cell fragments called platelets rush to plug the leak. Amber Dance Knowable Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Blood Clots Are a Major Problem in Severe Covid-19," 31 Aug. 2020 Those reveal that the virus warps a critical piece of our vascular infrastructure: the single layer of cells lining the inside of every blood vessel, known as the endothelial cells or simply the endothelium. Will Stone Kaiser Health News, Star Tribune, "Is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?," 21 Nov. 2020 The wider and stronger blood vessel then can be used in kidney dialysis treatment. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Medtronic to acquire medical device company that treats end-stage renal disease," 2 Oct. 2020 That brain activity is collected by sensors implanted in a blood vessel in Mr. O’Keefe’s brain and relayed to a computer through devices in his chest. Daniela Hernandez And Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Tiny Brain Implants Hold Big Promise for Immobilized Patients," 28 Oct. 2020 At the core is a hollow chamber called the pulp, where the nerve and blood vessel are. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Dentists are seeing more cracked teeth. Pandemic stress is to blame," 29 Sep. 2020 Left unrepaired, an aneurysm — an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel — can rupture and cause death. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Dr. John Alksne," 18 Sep. 2020 Nearly all dementia patients have other brain abnormalities, including blood vessel damage likely to be the result of high blood pressure. Gina Kolata New York Times, Star Tribune, "Dementia is on the retreat in the U.S. and Europe, study finds," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of blood vessel

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood vessel was in 1655

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13 Jan 2021

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“Blood vessel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blood vessel

: a small tube that carries blood to different parts of a person or animal's body

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Kids Definition of blood vessel

: an artery, vein, or capillary of the body

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Medical Definition of blood vessel

: any of the vessels through which blood circulates in the body

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