[ vas-oh-kuhn-strik-shuhn, vey-zoh- ]

  1. constriction of the blood vessels, as by the action of a nerve.

Origin of vasoconstriction

First recorded in 1895–1900; vaso- + constriction

Words Nearby vasoconstriction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vasoconstriction in a sentence

  • On the contrary, vasoconstriction causes a rise in diastolic pressure and a fall in pulse pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield
  • vasoconstriction means literally causing contraction of the vessels, which is exactly what this center does.

    Physiology | Ernest G. Martin

Scientific definitions for vasoconstriction


[ vā′zō-kən-strĭkshən ]

  1. Constriction of a blood vessel, as by a nerve or drug.

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