[ vas-kyuh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈvæs kyə ləˌraɪz /

verb (used without object), vas·cu·lar·ized, vas·cu·lar·iz·ing. Biology.

(of a tissue or embryo) to develop or extend blood vessels or other fluid-bearing vessels or ducts; become vascular.

verb (used with object), vas·cu·lar·ized, vas·cu·lar·iz·ing. Biology, Surgery.

to supply (an organ or tissue) with blood vessels.
Also especially British, vas·cu·lar·ise.

Origin of vascularize

First recorded in 1890–95; vascular + -ize
Related formsvas·cu·lar·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vascularization



/ (ˌvæskjʊləraɪˈzeɪʃən) /


the development of blood vessels in an organ or part
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Medicine definitions for vascularization (1 of 2)


[ văs′kyə-lər-ĭ-zāshən ]


The formation of blood vessels.
An abnormal or pathological formation of blood vessels.

Medicine definitions for vascularization (2 of 2)


[ văskyə-lə-rīz′ ]


To make or become vascular.
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