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[vas-oh-kuh n-strik-shuh n, vey-zoh-] /ˌvæs oʊ kənˈstrɪk ʃən, ˌveɪ zoʊ-/
noun, Physiology.
constriction of the blood vessels, as by the action of a nerve.
Origin of vasoconstriction
First recorded in 1895-1900; vaso- + constriction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the contrary, vasoconstriction causes a rise in diastolic pressure and a fall in pulse pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • vasoconstriction means literally causing contraction of the vessels, which is exactly what this center does.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
Word Origin and History for vasoconstriction

1899, from comb. form of vas + constriction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vasoconstriction in Medicine

vasoconstriction va·so·con·stric·tion (vā'zō-kən-strĭk'shən)
Constriction of a blood vessel, as by a nerve or drug.

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vasoconstriction in Science
Constriction of a blood vessel, as by a nerve or drug.
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