blood vessel


Definition of blood vessel 

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

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There's also evidence the sessions lower people's blood pressure, and make the blood vessels less stiff and more responsive to blood flow. Amy Norton,, "Time in a sauna linked to lower stroke risk," 9 May 2018 Staff say the grey-coloured 'tail' is actually a 'blood vessel' in their chicken breast fillet. Tom Kershaw, Fox News, "McDonald's customer claims she found dead mouse in McChicken," 7 June 2018 But more than that, the extensive supply of blood vessels in the ears serve as a natural radiator for these tropical and subtropical animals. Bradley J. Fikes,, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 Diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye that can lead to blindness, is 46 percent more prevalent in African-Americans than whites. Francine Knowles, Daily Southtown, "Knowles: Southland optometrist focuses on fighting diabetes," 3 July 2018 Complications that threaten human life including swelling of the blood vessels in the brain, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, organ failure (of the kidneys, liver or spleen, anemia, and low blood sugar. Fox News, "Bill Gates donates $4M to create mosquitoes that kill each other using sex," 22 June 2018 Blurred vision is also a symptom of retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Routine eye exams reveal diseases unrelated to the eye," 5 Mar. 2018 It was later found to be thoracic outlet syndrome, in which blood vessels near the collarbone constrict. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "For Nassar Accusers From Michigan State Teams, Feelings of a Trust Betrayed," 5 Feb. 2018 The Weill Cornell researchers’ process was more direct: Four transcription factors prompted adult mouse endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels, to turn into HSCs. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "Making Blood Cells in the Laboratory," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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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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