va·​so·​di·​la·​tion | \ ˌvā-zō-dī-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce vasodilation (audio) , -də- \
variants: or vasodilatation \ ˌvā-​zō-​ˌdi-​lə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce vasodilatation (audio) , -​ˌdī-​lə-​ \

Definition of vasodilation

: widening of the lumen of blood vessels

Examples of vasodilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's because their bodies naturally dilate their blood vessels in a process called vasodilation to compensate for the reduced oxygen content. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Growing up in a high altitude area may lower chronic disease risk, study finds," 23 Apr. 2020 When your heart rate goes up, your blood vessels begin to expand (vasodilation) to pump more blood around your body. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "6 Ways Working Out Affects Your Skin," 27 July 2018 For decades to come, migraine pain would be blamed primarily on the dilation of blood vessels (vasodilation) in the brain. David Noonan, Scientific American, "New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches," 1 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of vasodilation

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasodilation

vaso(dilator) + dilation or dilatation

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The first known use of vasodilation was in 1908

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“Vasodilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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va·​so·​di·​la·​tion | \ ˌvā-zo-dī-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce vasodilation (audio) \
variants: or vasodilatation \ -​ˌdil-​ə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce vasodilatation (audio) , -​ˌdī-​lə-​ How to pronounce vasodilatation (audio) \

Medical Definition of vasodilation

: widening of the lumen of blood vessels

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