car·dio·vas·cu·lar | \ -ˈvas-kyə-lər \

Definition of cardiovascular 

1 : of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels

2 : used, designed, or performed to cause a temporary increase in heart rate a cardiovascular workout

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Other words from cardiovascular

cardiovascularly adverb
cardiovascularly fit

Examples of cardiovascular in a Sentence

running, swimming, and other cardiovascular exercises

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First Known Use of cardiovascular

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cardiovascular

medical : of or relating to the heart and blood vessels

: causing the heart to beat faster and harder for a period of time


car·dio·vas·cu·lar | \ -ˈvas-kyə-lər \

Medical Definition of cardiovascular 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels cardiovascular disease the cardiovascular system

2 : used, designed, or performed to cause a temporary increase in heart rate (as to improve heart function and reduce the risk of heart disease) a cardiovascular workout treadmills, stationary bicycles, and other cardiovascular equipment

Other words from cardiovascular

cardiovascularly adverb
cardiovascularly fit



Medical Definition of cardiovascular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (as a drug) that affects the heart or blood vessels

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