car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˌkär-dē-ō-ˈva-skyə-lər How to pronounce cardiovascular (audio) \

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

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

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cardiovascular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \ -ˈvas-kyə-lər How to pronounce cardiovascular (audio) \

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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