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blood vessel

noun
  1. any of the vessels, as arteries, veins, or capillaries, through which the blood circulates.
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Origin of blood vessel

First recorded in 1685–95
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arteryveincapillaryarteriolemetarteriolevenule

British Dictionary definitions for blood vessels

blood vessel

noun
  1. an artery, capillary, or vein
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blood vessels in Medicine

blood vessel

n.
  1. An elastic tubular channel, such as an artery, a vein, a sinus, or a capillary, through which the blood circulates.
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blood vessels in Science

blood vessel

  1. An elastic tube or passage in the body through which blood circulates; an artery, a vein, or a capillary.
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blood vessels in Culture

blood vessels

The flexible tubular canals through which blood circulates in the body. Arteries, veins, and capillaries are all kinds of blood vessels. (See circulatory system.)

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