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[vas-kyuh-ler] /ˈvæs kyə lər/
adjective, Biology
pertaining to, composed of, or provided with vessels or ducts that convey fluids, as blood, lymph, or sap.
Also, vasculose
[vas-kyuh-lohs] /ˈvæs kyəˌloʊs/ (Show IPA),
[vas-kyuh-luh s] /ˈvæs kyə ləs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of vascular
1665-75; < New Latin vāsculāris. See vasculum, -ar1
Related forms
[vas-kyuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌvæs kyəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
vascularly, adverb
hypervascular, adjective
hypervascularity, noun
intervascular, adjective
nonvascular, adjective
nonvascularly, adverb
nonvasculose, adjective
nonvasculous, adjective
unvascular, adjective
unvascularly, adverb
unvasculous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vascular
  • The cells soon release from the hydrogel, and a hollow tube of vascular cells is left behind.
  • It is well known that diabetes wreaks havoc on the vascular system.
  • If you don't mind injections directly into your heart and limbs, vascular endothelial growth factor may be for you.
  • Because ergotamine constricts blood vessels, patients with peripheral vascular disease should not use this drug.
  • The test is done in a vascular lab or radiology department of a hospital.
  • Underneath the skin of these areas are unique vascular structures designed to deliver large volumes of blood to the surface.
  • The cells churn out proteins, among them vascular endothelial growth factor, that induce surrounding cells to form blood vessels.
  • Many of them have a history of peripheral vascular disease.
  • He handed me a card for a specialist at a stroke and vascular center.
  • Or if water in the vascular system surrounding the cell freezes first.
British Dictionary definitions for vascular


(biology, anatomy) of, relating to, or having vessels that conduct and circulate liquids: a vascular bundle, the blood vascular system
Derived Forms
vascularity (ˌvæskjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
vascularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin vāsculāris, from Latin: vasculum
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Word Origin and History for vascular

1670s, from Modern Latin vascularis "of or pertaining to vessels or tubes," from Latin vasculum, diminutive of vas "vessel."

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vascular in Medicine

vascular vas·cu·lar (vās'kyə-lər)
Or, relating to, or containing blood vessels.

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vascular in Science
  1. Relating to the vessels of the body, especially the arteries and veins, that carry blood and lymph.

  2. Relating to or having xylem and phloem, plant tissues highly specialized for carrying water, dissolved nutrients, and food from one part of a plant to another. Ferns and all seed-bearing plants have vascular tissues; bryophytes, such as mosses, do not. See more at phloem, xylem.

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