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blood vessel

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

blood vessel

n
(Anatomy) an artery, capillary, or vein

blood′ ves`sel


n.
any channel through which the blood normally circulates; an artery, vein, or capillary.
[1685–95]

blood vessel

An elastic tube or passage in the body through which blood circulates; an artery, a vein, or a capillary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blood vessel - a vessel in which blood circulatesblood vessel - a vessel in which blood circulates  
arteria, arterial blood vessel, artery - a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body
vas, vessel - a tube in which a body fluid circulates
ductus arteriosus - a blood vessel in a fetus that bypasses pulmonary circulation by connecting the pulmonary artery directly to the ascending aorta; normally closes at birth
vasa vasorum - any small blood vessel ramifying on the outside of a major artery or vein
vein, vena, venous blood vessel - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"
capillary vessel, capillary - any of the minute blood vessels connecting arterioles with venules
cardiovascular system, circulatory system - the organs and tissues involved in circulating blood and lymph through the body

blood vessel

noun vein, artery He's ruptured a blood vessel.
References in classic literature ?
He studied the effects of adrenin on various parts of the body; he found that it causes the pupils to dilate, hairs to stand erect, blood vessels to be constricted, and so on.
He came near to bursting a blood vessel in an endeavor to scream "come in" through the stifling gag.
The growth of new blood vessels, also known as angiogenesis, is needed in adults when repairing damaged tissue or organs.
A DISCOVERY that makes it possible to speed up or slow down the growth of blood vessels could yield new ways of tackling cancer and heart disease, it was claimed.
The particles could eventually be a means to choke off the blood vessels that deliver nutrients to tumors or to ferry cancer-killing drugs, researchers report.
Stroke is a form of cardiovascular disease affecting the blood vessels of the brain.
All these results suggest that arsenite increases agonist-induced vasoconstriction mediated by MLC phosphorylation in smooth muscles and that calcium sensitization is one of the key mechanisms for the hypercontraction induced by arsenite in blood vessels.
When injected into the eyes of newborn mice, a type of hematopoietic stem cell grew into blood vessels and possibly prevented a genetic form of blindness that normally occurs in this strain of mouse.
Several feet away at a monitoring console, a surgeon peers at images inside the patient's body--a beating heart and tangle of blood vessels, magnified 10 times on a computer screen.
For the first time, doctors have shown that by inserting extra genes into the heart, they can stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, enabling patients to grow their own bypasses.
RAYNAUD'S PHENOMENON IS A DISORDER OF the small blood vessels that feed the skin.
This barrier is a "wall" of tiny endothelial cells in the blood vessels that permeate the brain tissue, nourishing it and providing oxygen.