vascular

adjective
vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˈva-skyə-lər How to pronounce vascular (audio) \

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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Other Words from vascular

vascularity \ ˌva-​skyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce vascularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun

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Before the controversy erupted, Dr. Roger Schneider, a vascular surgeon whose practice had three contracts with the system, had resigned, leaving an opening on the board. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan names 11 new members to UMMS board plagued by contracting scandal," 13 June 2019 However, these complications are extremely remote according to Dr. Liotta, as is vascular compromise. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 The first thing to know: If your dark circles are caused by pigment or by vascular issues, filler isn’t going to magically erase them. April Long, Town & Country, "Yes, You Can Get Filler for Your Under Eye Area—But Do You Need It?," 9 May 2019 The vascular system can also move warm blood to what Dr. Hedge calls the shell of the body, such as the skin and limbs. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "How Much Do Hot Drinks Help on a Cold Day?," 5 Dec. 2018 The condition, known technically as birdshot chorioretinopathy, causes severe, progressive inflammation of the retina and the choroid, the vascular layer of the eye. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 About 60 percent are due to diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and flesh-eating bacterial infections, according to Susan Gregg, the director of media relations for UW Medicine, which oversees Harborview. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "At Harborview, where 175 limb amputations are performed yearly, a support group offers help," 8 Oct. 2018 In recent studies, people who had had a bout of depression had more proteins associated with vascular disease and fewer proteins associated with general cell health in their blood than people who never had the disease. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Saunas may also stimulate the immune system, improve vascular health and reduce inflammation, stress and circulating blood cholesterol, Kunutsor adds. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Here's Another Reason Saunas Are So Good For You," 2 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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vascular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vascular

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

vascular

adjective
vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˈva-skyə-lər How to pronounce vascular (audio) \

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

vascular

adjective
vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˈvas-kyə-lər How to pronounce vascular (audio) \

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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