vasoconstriction

noun
va·so·con·stric·tion | \ˌvā-zō-kən-ˈstrik-shən \

Definition of vasoconstriction 

: narrowing of the lumen of blood vessels

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The scientific term for this temporary narrowing of arteries is reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Author: James Gorman, Anchorage Daily News, "He ate the world’s hottest pepper, then landed in the hospital with ‘thunderclap’ headaches," 10 Apr. 2018 There’s some vasoconstriction, some possible effects on blood pressure. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018 Ice in general will help reduce pain and soreness by decreasing nerve activity while promoting vasoconstriction of blood vessels. Kristen Mc David, Pta, Cincinnati.com, "Should I use heat or ice when it hurts?," 7 May 2018 The scientific term for this temporary narrowing of arteries is reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Author: James Gorman, Anchorage Daily News, "He ate the world’s hottest pepper, then landed in the hospital with ‘thunderclap’ headaches," 10 Apr. 2018 The scientific term for this temporary narrowing of arteries is reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Author: James Gorman, Anchorage Daily News, "He ate the world’s hottest pepper, then landed in the hospital with ‘thunderclap’ headaches," 10 Apr. 2018 The scientific term for this temporary narrowing of arteries is reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Author: James Gorman, Anchorage Daily News, "He ate the world’s hottest pepper, then landed in the hospital with ‘thunderclap’ headaches," 10 Apr. 2018 He was diagnosed with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RVS), which happens when vessels supplying blood to the brain tighten. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Man hospitalized with rare condition after eating the hottest chili pepper in the world," 10 Apr. 2018 The headache was the result of an unusual blood vessel condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), doctors reported in the British Medical Journal’s Case Reports. NBC News, "Carolina Reaper pepper causes thunderclap headache, doctors say," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vasoconstriction

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasoconstriction

vaso- + constriction, after French vaso-constriction

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vasoconstriction

noun
va·so·con·stric·tion | \-kən-ˈstrik-shən \

Medical Definition of vasoconstriction 

: narrowing of the lumen of blood vessels especially as a result of vasomotor action

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