vasoactive

adjective
va·​so·​ac·​tive | \ ˌvā-zō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce vasoactive (audio) \

Definition of vasoactive

: affecting the blood vessels especially in respect to the degree of their relaxation or contraction

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Other Words from vasoactive

vasoactivity \ ˌvā-​zō-​ak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce vasoactive (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Aviptadil is a synthetic form of human vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, which is highly concentrated in the lungs. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Drugs for heartburn, gout and depression now being tested as coronavirus treatments," 2 May 2020 These include parvalbumin (PV), somatostatin (SOM), and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP)-expressing interneurons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of vasoactive

circa 1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasoactive

vaso- + active entry 1

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The first known use of vasoactive was circa 1921

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“Vasoactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vasoactive. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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vasoactive

adjective
va·​so·​ac·​tive | \ ˌvā-zō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce vasoactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of vasoactive

: affecting the blood vessels especially in respect to the degree of their relaxation or contraction

Other Words from vasoactive

vasoactivity \ -​ak-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce vasoactive (audio) \ noun, plural vasoactivities

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