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blood vessel

noun
1.
any of the vessels, as arteries, veins, or capillaries, through which the blood circulates.
Origin of blood vessel
1685-1695
1685-95
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  • Some of the poison in the tobacco is taken into the body through the blood vessels in the lining of the mouth.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • There are no little holes in our blood vessels to let the air get into them from our lungs.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • As the muscles contract, they squeeze hard on the blood vessels passing through them.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • "The beast must have broken some blood vessels," said Glenarvan.

  • The epididymis referred to above, consists of a mass of coiled tubes and blood vessels.

British Dictionary definitions for blood vessels

blood vessel

noun
1.
an artery, capillary, or vein
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blood vessels in Medicine

blood vessel n.
An elastic tubular channel, such as an artery, a vein, a sinus, or a capillary, through which the blood circulates.

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blood vessels in Science
blood vessel  
An elastic tube or passage in the body through which blood circulates; an artery, a vein, or a capillary.
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blood vessels in Culture

blood vessels definition


The flexible tubular canals through which blood circulates in the body. Arteries, veins, and capillaries are all kinds of blood vessels. (See circulatory system.)

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