\ ˈvas How to pronounce vas (audio) \
plural vasa\ ˈvā-​zə How to pronounce vas (audio) \

Definition of vas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an anatomical vessel : duct
variants: or vaso-

Definition of vas- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : vessel: such as
a : blood vessel vasomotor
b : vas deferens vasectomy
2 : vascular and vasovagal
3 : vasomotor vasoactive

Other Words from vas


vasal \ ˈvā-​zəl How to pronounce vas (audio) \ adjective

Examples of vas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before long the eggs were sharing space with cups, bowls, and vases. William Grimes,, 19 Apr. 2020 People are able to participate by delivering and leaving clean, medium sized vases in a box with their name on it at 150 N Galt Ave in Crescent Hill on the front porch. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2020 They're often grown for cutting and display in vases, says Gragnani. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 31 Mar. 2020 Very heavy things like vases and very heavy coffee mugs. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2020 Musgrove said this could include lighter blankets, more colorful throw pillows, or things tucked away in cabinets like pitchers and vases. Dallas News, 28 Mar. 2020 Its great heroes’ aspirations to dominance are the seeds of the idea of perfection that appears in the figures on Greek vases and in sculpture long after Homer died. Seth Cropsey, National Review, 28 Feb. 2020 Chestnuts feel very seasonal, and all nuts are nice strewn about, or piled into clear glasses or vases. Katie Workman, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2019 Someone broke into a locked storage pod near the alley behind a real estate business and stole two Dell computers, two computer monitors, 48 flower vases and a box of promotional notepads. La Cañada Valley Sun, 2 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of vas


1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vas


borrowed from New Latin vās, vāsus, going back to Latin, "container, vessel," going back to Italic *wāss- of obscure origin

Combining form

New Latin, from Latin vas

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“Vas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for vas


\ ˈvas How to pronounce vas (audio) \
plural vasa\ ˈvā-​zə How to pronounce vas (audio) \

Medical Definition of vas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an anatomical vessel : duct



Medical Definition of VAS (Entry 2 of 2)

visual analog scale

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