blood vessel


Definition of blood vessel

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

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Yes, there are multiple layers of muscles (plus soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels) that make up the full abdominal wall. Amy Marturana, SELF, "31 of the Best Core Exercises You Can Do at Home," 2 Feb. 2019 Many of the skulls recovered at the site had fractures or entire pieces missing, likely caused by the force of their brains and blood vessels boiling away inside their heads. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mount Vesuvius Caused Romans' Heads to Explode," 10 Oct. 2018 The progressive damage to the heart, lungs and blood vessels can severely limit one’s ability to function independently. Brian Jenssen Md,, "The problem with kids and flavored tobacco," 21 June 2018 But even if the cannabis tests clean, Springer said, smoke itself is bad for the lungs, heart and blood vessels. Marissa Ortega-welch, Washington Post, "Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes.," 21 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, coldness, from a stone or even a metal spoon, can decrease inflammation by causing blood vessels to contract. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 Basically, a hickey occurs when the small blood vessels under your skin are broken due to sucking or biting. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Celebrity Beauty Expert Offers the Best Tips On How to Hide Your Biggest Hickeys," 7 Mar. 2019 The undiagnosed condition is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow. Scott Springer,, "Ladonnis Griffin's biggest play ever at Lakota West was a GoFundMe page," 12 July 2018 In March, a team led by Sinclair published research linking frailty and other diseases of aging to a decline in the production of blood vessels that feed the muscles. Melissa Healy,, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of blood vessel

1655, in the meaning defined above

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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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