microvascular

adjective

mi·​cro·​vas·​cu·​lar ˌmī-krō-ˈva-skyə-lər How to pronounce microvascular (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting the part of the circulatory system made up of minute vessels (such as venules or capillaries) that average less than 0.3 millimeters in diameter
microvasculature noun

Examples of microvascular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are exploring biologically plausible hypotheses including viral persistence, microvascular clots, gut microbiome disruption, and immune system derangements as the mechanism behind long Covid symptoms. Steven Phillips, STAT, 14 Sep. 2023 In fact, another new study, from researchers at Brigham Young University, recently demonstrated that microvascular function at rest predicts how much blood flows to your muscle during high-intensity exercise—an important consideration for any athlete. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 19 Mar. 2020 One of the solutions that Abbott provides to patients is emerging therapies like Coroventis’ Coroflow which is specifically designed to detect coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), which has historically been difficult to diagnose and disproportionately affects women. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2022 The two prevalent conditions with this issue are coronary microvascular disease and coronary vasospasm. Peggy McCarthy, Hartford Courant, 30 Aug. 2022 Diagnosis of microvascular disease of the brain is most commonly made by MRI. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Garten’s first study used a different technique that assesses microvascular function, which refers to the function of the smaller arteries that branch off the big ones and thread into the muscles. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 19 Mar. 2020 That's a concern during the pandemic, Wittstein added, because Covid-19 damages the lungs and also causes microvascular function, where the small blood vessels of the body fail to work properly. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 There are other medical approaches, such as immunomodulatory therapeutics to combat the COVID-19 microvascular attack, that merit investigation. Steve Brozak, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microvascular was in 1959

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“Microvascular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microvascular. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

microvascular

adjective
mi·​cro·​vas·​cu·​lar ˌmī-krō-ˈvas-kyə-lər How to pronounce microvascular (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting the part of the circulatory system made up of minute vessels (as venules or capillaries) that average less than 0.3 millimeters in diameter
microvasculature noun
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