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

Definition of vascular

: of, relating to, or affecting a channel for the conveyance of a body fluid (such as blood of an animal or sap of a plant) or a system of such channels vascular cells vascular diseases a vascular surgeon also : supplied with or made up of such channels and especially blood vessels a vascular tumor a vascular system

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Recent Examples on the Web The astronaut was participating in a study on vascular flow in space and did a routine ultrasound scan on their neck. Matt Simon, Wired, "How Doctors on Earth Treated a Blood Clot on the ISS," 13 Feb. 2020 Strokes, medication interactions, or even other forms of dementia like vascular dementia or LATE could also cause the mental errors picked up in the objective subtle cognitive decline group. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Researchers suggest a less traditional assessment could help flag dementia earlier," 18 Jan. 2020 Right now, Osso VR is mainly used for orthopedic procedures, but Barad’s team is working to expand into other fields like vascular, heart, urology and surgeries conducted with robotics. Washington Post, "From surgery simulators to medical mishaps in space, video game tech is helping doctors at work," 9 Jan. 2020 According to the Leaf-Chronicle, Gavin was born without most of his hands due to a vascular disruption that causes lack of blood flow to various body parts. Helen Murphy,, "11-Year-Old Tennessee Boy Receives New Hands for Christmas: 'Nothing Short of Amazing'," 31 Dec. 2019 And thanks to the energetic liquid pumping through its pseudo-vascular system, this robot might be a little more like us. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Engineers Built a Robotic Lionfish With an Energetic Bloodstream," 19 June 2019 The amount of food supply that a person’s grandparents were exposed to in their pre-pubertal years had a measurable effect on that person’s cardio-vascular risk two generations later. Quanta Magazine, "Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?," 11 May 2017 Rather than using the vascular system to send messages across meters-long distances, maybe plants release volatile chemicals as a faster, smarter way to communicate with themselves — Heil calls it a soliloquy. Quanta Magazine, "The Secret Language of Plants," 16 Dec. 2013 Some underlying medical problems, such as vascular disease or lung disease, can make minimally invasive surgery difficult, as well. Mayo Clinic News Network,, "Mitral valve repair with minimally invasive heart surgery," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of vascular

circa 1673, in the meaning defined above

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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The first known use of vascular was circa 1673

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27 Feb 2020

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“Vascular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 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


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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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