vas·​cu·​lar | \ˈva-skyə-lər \

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

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vascularity \ ˌva-​skyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun

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Jerry McCauley, chief of nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University, said two relatively common kidney conditions can be diagnosed with imaging and treated with embolization: a vascular malformation or a benign mass called angiomyolipoma. Marie Mccullough,, "Melania Trump treated for benign kidney condition at Walter Reed," 14 May 2018 His wife, Andrea Müller, said the cause was complications of vascular dementia. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Robby Müller, Inventive Cinematographer, Is Dead at 78," 10 July 2018 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Even though Tyler's arm was mangled, the major nerve supply to it was intact, said Dr. Matthew Goldman, an assistant professor of vascular surgery at Wake Forest Baptist. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A boy's arm was severed in an accident. But his mom's quick thinking saved him.," 25 June 2018 He was carted off the field after a dislocation of his left knee and doctors had to perform an emergency vascular surgery in order to save his left leg. Scooby Axson,, "Report: Bears Signs Zach Miller To One-Year Deal After Major Knee Injury," 4 June 2018 Victoria started applying for her residency placement, and other students started asking them what was going to happen to their relationship if Victoria went to a hospital far away for her training in vascular surgery. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love Story: 'Two Old Souls' On A New Path," 1 Apr. 2018 Or ask a neighbor, who will tell you that these guys suck the juices from plants' vascular systems and drain the plant of some of its nutrients. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 Snake venom contains a suite of proteins that dock perfectly with the cells and proteins humans use to regulate our respiratory, vascular, and digestive systems. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 An embolization of a kidney isn’t uncommon, said Brian Funaki, chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Melania Trump Undergoes Successful Kidney Procedure," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of vascular

circa 1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vascular

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

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English Language Learners Definition of vascular

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


vas·​cu·​lar | \ˈva-skyə-lər \

Kids Definition of vascular

: 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


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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