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vasoconstrictor

[vas-oh-kuh n-strik-ter, vey-zoh-]
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noun Physiology, Pharmacology.
  1. a nerve or drug that causes vasoconstriction.

Origin of vasoconstrictor

First recorded in 1875–80; vaso- + constrictor
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Examples from the Web for vasoconstrictor

Historical Examples

  • This is known as the vasodilator center, and it acts in opposition to the vasoconstrictor.

    Physiology

    Ernest G. Martin

  • The tone of the vasoconstrictor center controls the distribution of blood throughout the body.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Not all the blood vessels in the body are acted upon through the vasoconstrictor center.

    Physiology

    Ernest G. Martin

  • The nervous center which brings this about is called vasomotor, or, more properly, the vasoconstrictor center.

    Physiology

    Ernest G. Martin

  • For some reason or other the vasoconstrictor center becomes inactive, and the series of events just described is set in motion.

    Physiology

    Ernest G. Martin


British Dictionary definitions for vasoconstrictor

vasoconstrictor

noun
  1. a drug, agent, or nerve that causes narrowing (vasoconstriction) of the walls of blood vessels
adjective
  1. causing vasoconstriction
Derived Formsvasoconstrictive, adjective
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vasoconstrictor in Medicine

vasoconstrictor

([object Object])
n.
  1. Something, such as a nerve or drug, that causes vasoconstriction.
adj.
  1. Producing vasoconstriction.
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