vasodilator

[ vas-oh-dahy-ley-ter, -di-, -dahy-ley-, vey-zoh- ]
/ ˌvæs oʊ daɪˈleɪ tər, -dɪ-, -ˈdaɪ leɪ-, ˌveɪ zoʊ- /

noun Physiology, Pharmacology.

a nerve or drug that causes vasodilatation.

Origin of vasodilator

First recorded in 1880–85; vaso- + dilator
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Examples from the Web for vasodilator

  • This is known as the vasodilator center, and it acts in opposition to the vasoconstrictor.

    Physiology|Ernest G. Martin

British Dictionary definitions for vasodilator

vasodilator
/ (ˌveɪzəʊdaɪˈleɪtə) /

noun

a drug, agent, or nerve that can cause dilatation (vasodilatation) of the walls of blood vessels

adjective

causing vasodilatation
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Medicine definitions for vasodilator

vasodilator
[ vā′zō-dī-lātər, -dĭ-, -dīlā- ]

n.

Something, such as a nerve or drug, that causes vasodilation.

adj.

Producing vasodilation.
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