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adjective Biology.
  1. pertaining to, composed of, or provided with vessels or ducts that convey fluids, as blood, lymph, or sap.
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Also vas·cu·lose [vas-kyuh-lohs] /ˈvæs kyəˌloʊs/, vas·cu·lous [vas-kyuh-luh s] /ˈvæs kyə ləs/.

Origin of vascular

From the New Latin word vāsculāris, dating back to 1665–75. See vasculum, -ar1
Related formsvas·cu·lar·i·ty [vas-kyuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌvæs kyəˈlær ɪ ti/, nounvas·cu·lar·ly, adverbhy·per·vas·cu·lar, adjectivehy·per·vas·cu·lar·i·ty, nounin·ter·vas·cu·lar, adjectivenon·vas·cu·lar, adjectivenon·vas·cu·lar·ly, adverbnon·vas·cu·lose, adjectivenon·vas·cu·lous, adjectiveun·vas·cu·lar, adjectiveun·vas·cu·lar·ly, adverbun·vas·cu·lous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vascularity

Historical Examples of vascularity

  • The vascularity depends upon the function which the tissue is called upon to perform.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Owing to the vascularity of the part adrenalin should be applied for at least 30 minutes beforehand.

  • The vascularity varies with external influences, and in cold weather the parts present a bluish appearance.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • They are distinguished from genuine tubercle by their vascularity and by the absence of giant-cells.

British Dictionary definitions for vascularity


  1. biology anatomy of, relating to, or having vessels that conduct and circulate liquidsa vascular bundle; the blood vascular system
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Derived Formsvascularity (ˌvæskjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nounvascularly, adverb

Word Origin for vascular

C17: from New Latin vāsculāris, from Latin: vasculum
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Word Origin and History for vascularity



1670s, from Modern Latin vascularis "of or pertaining to vessels or tubes," from Latin vasculum, diminutive of vas "vessel."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vascularity in Medicine


  1. The condition of being vascular.
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  1. Of, relating to, or containing blood vessels.
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vascularity in Science


  1. Relating to the vessels of the body, especially the arteries and veins, that carry blood and lymph.
  2. Relating to or having xylem and phloem, plant tissues highly specialized for carrying water, dissolved nutrients, and food from one part of a plant to another. Ferns and all seed-bearing plants have vascular tissues; bryophytes, such as mosses, do not. See more at phloem xylem.
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