vasoactive
adjective Date: circa 1921 affecting the blood vessels especially in respect to the degree of their relaxation or contraction • vasoactivity noun

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  • vasoactive — [vas΄ō ak′tiv, vā΄zōak′tiv] adj. causing vasodilatation or vasoconstriction …   English World dictionary

  • Vasoactive — A hormone, drug or chemical which is capable of eliciting vasoconstrictive or vasodilative action on the vasculature. Examples include histamine and heparin, released at the sites of infection which stimulate vasodilation of arterioles and… …   Wikipedia

  • vasoactive — Influencing the tone and caliber of blood vessel s. * * * va·so·ac·tive .vā zō ak tiv adj affecting the blood vessels esp. in respect to the degree of their relaxation or contraction va·so·ac·tiv·i·ty ak tiv ət ē n, pl ties * * * adj. affecting… …   Medical dictionary

  • vasoactive — adj. affecting the diameter of blood vessels, especially arteries. Examples of vasoactive agents are emotion, pressure, carbon dioxide, and temperature. Some exert their effect directly, others via the vasomotor centre in the brain …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • vasoactive — /vas oh ak tiv, vay zoh /, adj. Physiol., Pharm. of or pertaining to a substance, drug, or event that changes the diameter of a blood vessel. [1920 25; VASO + ACTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • vasoactive — adjective That causes either constriction or dilation of a blood vessel See Also: vasoactivity …   Wiktionary

  • vasoactive — adj. having an affect on the diameter of blood vessels, that makes an effect on the diameter of blood vessels …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vasoactive — adjective Physiology affecting the diameter of blood vessels (and hence blood pressure) …   English new terms dictionary

  • vasoactive — va·so·active …   English syllables

  • vasoactive — vas•o•ac•tive [[t]ˌvæs oʊˈæk tɪv, ˌveɪ zoʊ [/t]] adj. phl pha of or pertaining to a substance, drug, or event that changes the diameter of a blood vessel …   From formal English to slang

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