vasodilation

noun

va·​so·​di·​la·​tion ˌvā-zō-dī-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce vasodilation (audio)
-də-
variants or vasodilatation
: widening of the lumen of blood vessels

Examples of vasodilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Populations in cold parts of the world have reportedly faster cycles between vasoconstriction and vasodilation, which provides a more balanced temperature regulation in extreme conditions. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 By promoting vasodilation and improving blood circulation, horny goat weed may help men achieve and maintain stronger erections. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2023 Nitric oxide plays a crucial role in vasodilation, the widening of blood vessels. Bianca London, Glamour, 6 Sep. 2023 Some studies suggest that CBD may have a positive effect on blood pressure levels by promoting vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) and potentially reducing hypertension. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 By promoting vasodilation, CBD may potentially enhance blood flow and reduce the pressure exerted on the vessel walls, thus assisting in lowering blood pressure. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2023 This process, called vasodilation, also makes the skin appear pinker and more flushed. Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Popular Science, 28 June 2023 This includes improving vasodilation, blood flow, muscular endurance, exercise performance, muscle growth and strength, water retention, natural nitric oxide production, recovery time, mood, focus, and fat burning. Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2023 Physical activity temporarily raises heart rate and blood pressure, increases the diameter of blood vessels (vasodilation), and promotes greater blood flow. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vasodilation was in 1908

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“Vasodilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vasodilation. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

vasodilation

noun
va·​so·​di·​la·​tion ˌvā-zo-dī-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce vasodilation (audio)
variants or vasodilatation
: widening of the lumen of blood vessels

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