vas·​cu·​la·​ture ˈva-skyə-lə-chər How to pronounce vasculature (audio)
: the blood vessels or arrangement of blood vessels in an organ or part

Examples of vasculature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Astrocytes are shown in yellow, contractile proteins in red, and retinal vasculature in green. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 Sherif Abdallah Ahmed Blood and lymphatic vasculatures in the ear skin of an adult mouse Satu Paavonsalo and Sinem Karaman Sunflower pollen on an acupuncture needle. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 The winning entry: a rodent optic nerve head with astrocytes (yellow), contractile proteins (red), and retinal vasculature (green). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 Compared with controls and COVID-19 patients without altered smell and taste, the COVID-19 patients who had altered senses of smell and taste had more injuries to their nasal mucosa, more damage to their vasculature, and significantly fewer olfactory axons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 Imaging of digestive neurons shows the vasculature in green and the neurons in red. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2016 When there’s damage to the coronary vasculature that brings blood to the heart muscle, collateral arteries make new connections in the injured area. Quanta Magazine, 13 Feb. 2023 To their surprise, the cells self-assembled into a network of layers that resembled the retina pigment epithelium and its vasculature. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 The condition can also show up in various ways on the skin, in the lungs and joints, and within a person’s vasculature, or blood vessels. Julia Landwehr, Health, 27 Jan. 2023

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Word History


vascul(ar) + -ature (in musculature)

First Known Use

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vasculature was circa 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Vasculature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: the disposition or arrangement of blood vessels in an organ or part
vasoconstriction of the renal vasculatureMary Jo Holechek
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