vasospasm

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noun va·so·spasm \ˈvā-zō-ˌspa-zəm\

Definition of vasospasm

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

vasospastic

play \ˌvā-zō-ˈspas-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of vasospasm

vaso- + spasm, probably after German Vasospasmus


First Known Use: 1902


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vasospasm

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noun va·so·spasm \ˈvā-zō-ˌspaz-əm\

Medical Definition of vasospasm

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


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