Origin of vas
Other definitions for vas (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE VAS-
What does vas- mean?
In some instances, vas- specifically refers to the vas deferens, the duct that carries sperm to the penis.
Vas- is a variant of vaso-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use vaso- article.
Vas- comes from the Latin vās, meaning “vessel.” The Latin vās is also the source of the word vase, which is, after all, a type of vessel—often for flowers! And the diminutive form of vās is vāsculum, literally “little vessel”; it’s the source of the word vascular, commonly encountered in cardiovascular.
Examples of vas-
We know now that vas- refers to various “vessels” in the body, including the sperm-carrying duct known as the vas deferens. The -ectomy portion of the word vasectomy is a combining form meaning “excision,” specifically the removal of a part of the body. So, a vasectomy is literally just “excision of the vas deferens.”
What are some words that use the combining form vas-?
And have you ever used Vaseline? Well, the brand name of this popular petroleum product is actually a combination of the German Wasser (“water”) and the Greek word for oil.
How to use vas in a sentence
Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.
Vasalgel, a reversible, non-hormonal polymer that blocks the vas deferens, is about to enter human trials.
One of the things I love to do is offload a bunch of tasks to my VAs around 9PM each night.Just Don’t Do It: Why You Should Outsource More of Your Life|Ari Meisel|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Et addit: "Dixi perfectam, id est, quae fit cum effusione veri seminis in vas muliebre."Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
She hat haar as prown ash a pretzel,Her eyes vas himmel-plue, Und ven dey looket indo mine,Dey shplit mine heart in two.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
I vas know Adrian Brackel vell—he sell de powders dat empty men's stomach, and fill him's own purse.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
I beg your pardon,' says the artist, 'I quite forgot poor Mary vas dere.Art in England|Dutton Cook
He vould haf drowed der kitchen stof ad me, only it vas hotter as he could hantle.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews