American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something, such as a nerve or drug, that causes vasodilation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to dilate or relax blood-vessels when stimulated, as a nerve. See vasomotor.
- n. That which causes dilatation of the blood-vessels: applied to nerves and certain drugs.
- n. pharmacology A drug or chemical agent that causes dilation of the blood vessels thereby reducing blood pressure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Physiol.) Causing dilation or relaxation of the blood vessels. These nerves are also called
vaso-inhibitory, and vasohypotonicnerves, since their stimulation causes relaxation and rest.
- n. (Medicine & Physiology) A substance which causes dilation of blood vessels.
- n. a drug that causes dilation of blood vessels
“Futura's condoms contain a gel with an agent that boosts blood flow—a so-called vasodilator—which is absorbed through the skin, enhancing erections.”
“It works as a vasodilator, that is, it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart.”
“The Company's lead product candidate is Gencaro ™ (bucindolol hydrochloride), a pharmacologically unique beta-blocker and mild vasodilator, which is under review by the U.S.”
“at concentrations attainable after moderate wine intake" could stimulate the production of nitric oxide, a compound known as a vasodilator, which can lead to blood vessel relaxation, reductions in blood pressure, and improvements in heart health.”
“The warm liquid raises the temperature of the mouth and stomach slightly, and because alcohol is a vasodilator, it forces blood to the skin, making us feel warm and blushing on the outside.”
“As a stimulant, chocolate's theobromine, historically used as an aphrodisiac, is a vasodilator, meaning it widens blood vessels, and is used to lower blood pressure.”
“Pulmonary vasodilator therapy for pulmonary hypertension, including new agents such as bosentan (Tracleer) and sildenafil (Viagra)”
“Some products can degrade the latex very quickly," said Mr. Barder, noting that adding the vasodilator to the lubricant is complicated.”
“However, "immobilizing" the gel in the condom, so the vasodilator only touches the wearer during sexual intercourse, was the clever part.”
“And noticed a bottle of clonidine, the vasodilator, that had possibly saved his life earlier.”
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