vasospasm

noun
va·​so·​spasm | \ ˈvā-zō-ˌspa-zəm How to pronounce vasospasm (audio) \

Definition of vasospasm

: sharp and often persistent contraction of a blood vessel reducing its lumen and blood flow

Other Words from vasospasm

vasospastic \ ˌvā-​zō-​ˈspas-​tik How to pronounce vasospastic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of vasospasm

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasospasm

vaso- + spasm, probably after German Vasospasmus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vasospasm

Statistics for vasospasm

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vasospasm

The first known use of vasospasm was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vasospasm

vasospasm

noun
va·​so·​spasm | \ ˈvā-zō-ˌspaz-əm How to pronounce vasospasm (audio) \

Medical Definition of vasospasm

: sharp and often persistent contraction of a blood vessel reducing its caliber and blood flow

More from Merriam-Webster on vasospasm

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about vasospasm

Comments on vasospasm

What made you want to look up vasospasm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to spread over or through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!