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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There's a good reason why this particular male organ is a good predictor of future circulatory problems. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Erectile dysfunction may predict strokes and heart attacks," 11 Sep. 2019 Basically, the blood is drained out of the right side of the body, goes to an oxygenator, then is pumped to the other side of the body to provide circulatory support. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 The Ebola virus causes leaky blood vessels and circulatory failure, which starves the body’s organs of oxygen — leading to shock and multiple organ failure. Los Angeles Times, "Why the long-awaited Ebola vaccine won’t end the Congo outbreak," 25 July 2019 Martin, who had a circulatory disorder in his right leg, used a cart while competing in the U.S. Open in 1998 and 2012 after winning several legal battles. Scott Allen,, "John Daly’s request to use a cart at British Open denied," 7 July 2019 The bride’s father, a cardiologist, is the director for heart failure, hemodynamics and circulatory support research at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in Manhattan. New York Times, "Amy Burkhoff, Adam Ilowite," 23 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of circulatory

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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