cir·​cu·​la·​to·​ry | \ ˈsər-kyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce circulatory (audio) \

Definition of circulatory

: of or relating to circulation or the circulatory system circulatory failure

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Similarly, when someone is effectively immobilized, their circulatory and respiratory (as well as other!) systems are very rapidly compromised. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability," 25 Sep. 2018 Moriah has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome – a chronic condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, circulatory problems, and in some cases, including hers, chronic fatigue and pain., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 The questions is whether the issue is myopathy (mechanical), arrythymia (electrical) or circulatory (plumbing). Profootballdoc,, "Explaining why it wasn't irresponsible for Raiders to draft Maurice Hurst," 3 May 2018 After about 30 seconds, the body will begin suffering the effects of the exposure, including oxygen starvation and circulatory failure. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Time a NASA Experiment Gone Wrong Almost Killed Someone," 2 Dec. 2016 Among her points: ♦The gap between supply and demand is growing partly because mechanical circulatory support (MCS for short) devices to help the heart pump blood through the body is improving, helping potential heart recipients survive longer. American Heart Association,, "In the transplant world, solving the dilemma of not enough hearts," 28 Mar. 2018 Of course, Amazon’s fulfillment centers — the company’s lifeblood and circulatory network — depend on electricity, roads, and other essential services underwritten by sales tax. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "The Billionaire Philanthropist," 13 Mar. 2018 Many also go on to develop complications, ranging from subtle developmental delays to complex circulatory problems that can require follow-up procedures. Tom Avril,, "Infant heart surgery is just the start of lifelong issues. Doctors are developing new ways to cope," 9 Mar. 2018 People who live on the streets are prone to circulatory problems. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Being homeless is bad enough. Imagine being sick, too. N Street Village helps.," 1 Jan. 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of circulatory

medical : of or relating to the circulation of blood through the body


cir·​cu·​la·​to·​ry | \ ˈsər-kyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce circulatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of circulatory

: of or relating to circulation and especially the circulation of blood in the body


cir·​cu·​la·​to·​ry | \ ˈsər-kyə-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce circulatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of circulatory

: of or relating to circulation or the circulatory system circulatory failure

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