vascular

adjective vas·cu·lar \ ˈva-skyə-lər \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of vascular

1 : of or relating to a channel for the conveyance of a body fluid (such as blood of an animal or sap of a plant) or to a system of such channels; also : supplied with or made up of such channels and especially blood vessels
  • a vascular tumor
  • a vascular system
2 : marked by vigor and ardor : passionate

vascularity

play \ˌva-skyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of vascular

borrowed from New Latin vāsculāris, from Latin vāsculum "small vessel" (from vās "container" + -culum, diminutive suffix) + -āris -ar — more at vas


VASCULAR Defined for English Language Learners

vascular

adjective

Definition of vascular for English Language Learners

  • medical : of or relating to the veins, arteries, etc., that carry fluids (such as blood) through the body


VASCULAR Defined for Kids

vascular

adjective vas·cu·lar \ ˈva-skyə-lər \

Definition of vascular for Students

: of, relating to, containing, or being bodily vessels that carry fluid (as blood in an animal or sap in a plant)
  • a tree's vascular system

Medical Dictionary

vascular

adjective vas·cu·lar \ ˈvas-kyə-lər \

medical Definition of vascular

1 : of, relating to, constituting, or affecting a tube or a system of tubes for the conveyance of a body fluid (as blood or lymph)
  • vascular disease
  • vascular surgical techniques
2 : supplied with or containing ducts and especially blood vessels
  • a vascular tumor
  • the vascular layer of the skin

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