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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
From the New Latin word vāsculāris, dating back to 1665-75. 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
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  • vascular: relating to the blood-vessels or circulatory system.

  • And further, it should be noted that he describes the latter membrane as a vascular one.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • Entropion, with nebulous and vascular cornea in an old woman of seventy.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Secretory phenomena; vascular phenomena; perspirations, etc.

  • A further mixture of characters is seen in the vascular bundles of the petioles.

    Ancient Plants Marie C. Stopes
  • It is also vascular and the veins which ramify it have a plexiform or net-work like arrangement.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • By means of this vascular membrane, both tube and floor have been formed.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • For, after all, all disturbances are vascular if you probe them deep enough.

    The Man from Archangel A. Conan Doyle
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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