blood vessel


Definition of blood vessel 

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

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Chyla also notes that exposing your skin to wildly different temperatures can dilate the skin's blood vessels and exacerbate rosacea. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight Acne and Dry Skin in Winter," 13 Nov. 2018 Granted, there’s no surprise in that—ice works to constrict blood vessels and neutralize itching, which means an ice cube would have had the same effect. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018 The procedure is used to treat certain types of cancers, tumors, abnormal tissue growth, as well as kidney lesions, uterine fibroids, aneurysms, internal bleeding, or defects in blood vessels. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Melania Trump Hospitalized Following Kidney Surgery," 14 May 2018 Here’s what else this veggie can do: Help your heart: The glycolipids in spinach promote the body’s production of nitric oxide (NO), which helps dilate blood vessels and reduce atherosclerosis. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Spinach Is the Legit Superfood You Need in Your Life," 22 Mar. 2018 Doctors performed multiple surgeries to repair his blood vessels and restore blood flow to the limb. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Blasted limbs, broken dreams," 28 Apr. 2018 The disease, formally called Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), damages blood vessels in the kidney and skin often leading to kidney failure and skin sores and cuts, according to Vets4Pets. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "What Is Alabama Rot? Here's Everything Pet Owners Need to Know About the Deadly Dog Disease," 10 Mar. 2018 The challenge here is not just that printing human tissue is hard, but that human hearts are very complex structures, with muscles, nerves, ventricles, valves, and blood vessels. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "This Patch of 3D-Printed Flesh Is a Step Toward a Full 3D-Printed Heart," 3 July 2018 My body tried to correct this by flooding my vasculature with a protein that constricts blood vessels. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 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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