- A tube in the body that carries fluids: blood vessels or lymph vessels.
* * *A structure conveying or containing a fluid, especially a liquid. SEE ALSO: vas. [O. Fr. fr. L. vascellum, dim. of vas]- afferent v. 1. any artery conveying blood to a part; 2. SYN: afferent glomerular arteriole. 3. SYN: afferent lymphatic.- anastomosing v. SYN: anastomotic v..- anastomotic v. [TA] a v. that establishes a connection between arteries, between veins, or between lymph vessels. SYN: vas anastomoticum [TA], anastomosing v..- collateral v. 1. a branch of an artery running parallel with the parent trunk; 2. a v. that runs in parallel with another v., nerve, or other long structure. SYN: vas collaterale.- corkscrew vessels SYN: hairpin vessels.- deep lymph v. [TA] one of the vessels that drain lymph from the deep structures of the body; they tend to follow the courses of blood vessels to reach regional lymph node s. SYN: vas lymphaticum profundum [TA].- hairpin vessels atypical blood vessels that double back on themselves, seen on colposcopy of the cervix; their presence indicates early invasive cervical cancer. SYN: corkscrew vessels.- vessels of internal ear [TA] blood vessels of the internal ear, consisting of the labyrinthine artery and its branches and the labyrinthine veins and their tributaries. SYN: vasa sanguinea auris internae [TA].- lymph vessels [TA] the vessels that convey the lymph; they anastomose freely with each other. SYN: lymphatic vessels [TA], absorbent vessels, lymphatics, vasa lymphatica.- superficial lymph v. [TA] one of the lymphatic vessels that lie in the skin and subcutaneous tissues; they join the deep lymphatic vessels. SYN: vas lymphaticum superficiale [TA].- vessels of vessels SYN: vasa vasorum, under vas.
* * *ves·sel 'ves-əl n a tube or canal (as an artery, vein, or lymphatic) in which a body fluid (as blood or lymph) is contained and conveyed or circulated
* * *n.a tube conveying a body fluid, especially a blood vessel or a lymphatic vessel.
* * *ves·sel (vesґəl) any channel for carrying a fluid, such as the blood or lymph; see also vas.
Medical dictionary. 2011.