vasoconstriction

noun
va·​so·​con·​stric·​tion | \ ˌvā-zō-kən-ˈstrik-shən How to pronounce vasoconstriction (audio) \

Definition of vasoconstriction

: narrowing of the lumen of blood vessels

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Mattos says the purpose is to induce vasoconstriction—a tightening of the blood vessels—to keep from bleeding out. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 The vasoconstriction from products with caffeine can reduce puffiness, and cooling products can help reduce inflammation and promote blood flow. Talia Abbas, SELF, "Puffy Eyes, Dark Circles, and Bags: Dermatologists Explain the Difference," 8 Aug. 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 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

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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 How to pronounce vasoconstriction (audio) \

Medical Definition of vasoconstriction

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

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