[ vas ]
/ væs /

noun, plural va·sa [vey-suh] /ˈveɪ sə/. Anatomy, Zoology, Botany.

a vessel or duct.

Origin of vas

First recorded in 1645–55, vas is from the Latin word vās vessel

Definition for vas (2 of 2)


variant of vaso- before a vowel: vasectomy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vas (1 of 2)


/ (væs) /

noun plural vasa (ˈveɪsə)

anatomy zoology a vessel, duct, or tube that carries a fluid

Word Origin for vas

C17: from Latin: vessel

British Dictionary definitions for vas (2 of 2)


combining form

a variant of vaso-
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Word Origin and History for vas



plural vasa, Latin, literally "vessel." Vas deferens (plural vasa defferentia) is from 1570s.

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Medicine definitions for vas (1 of 2)


[ văs ]

n. pl. va•sa ()

An anatomical duct or canal conveying any liquid, such as blood, lymph, chyle, or semen.

Medicine definitions for vas (2 of 2)



Variant ofvaso-
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