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vasospasm

[vas-oh-spaz-uh m, vey-zoh-] /ˈvæs oʊˌspæz əm, ˈveɪ zoʊ-/
noun
1.
sudden constriction of an artery, leading to a decrease in its diameter and in the amount of blood it can deliver.
Origin of vasospasm
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; vaso- + spasm
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vasospasm in Medicine

vasospasm va·so·spasm (vā'zō-spāz'əm)
n.
A sudden constriction of a blood vessel that reduces the blood flow. Also called angiospasm.


va'so·spas'tic (-spās'tĭk) adj.
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