- Having to do with the circulation, the movement of fluid in a regular or circuitous course. Although the adjective "circulatory" need not necessarily refer to the circulation of the blood, for all practical purposes today it does. A circulatory problem is taken usually to be a problem with the blood circulation, for example with heart failure.
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* * *cir·cu·la·to·ry 'sər-kyə-lə-.tōr-ē, -.tȯr- adj of or relating to circulation or the circulatory system <\circulatory failure>
* * *cir·cu·la·to·ry (surґku-lə-tor″e) 1. pertaining to any circulation. 2. pertaining to the circulation of the blood. 3. containing blood; called also sanguiferous.
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Circulatory — Cir cu*la*to*ry, a. [L. circulatorius pert. to a mountebank: cf. F. circulatoire.] [1913 Webster] 1. Circular; as, a circulatory letter. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. Circulating, or going round. T. Warton. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) Subserving the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
circulatory — (adj.) c.1600, of blood, from Fr. circulatoire or directly from L. circulatorius, from circulator, agent noun from circulare (see CIRCULATE (Cf. circulate)). Circulatory system is recorded from 1862 … Etymology dictionary
Circulatory — Cir cu*la*to*ry, n. A chemical vessel consisting of two portions unequally exposed to the heat of the fire, and with connecting pipes or passages, through which the fluid rises from the overheated portion, and descends from the relatively colder … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
circulatory — adjective Date: 1605 of or relating to circulation or the circulatory system < circulatory failure > … New Collegiate Dictionary
circulatory — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kjʊle͟ɪtəri, AM lətɔːri[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Circulatory means relating to the circulation of blood in the body. [MEDICAL] ...the human circulatory system … English dictionary
circulatory — cir·cu·la·to·ry (sûrʹkyə lə tôr ē, tōr ē) adj. 1. Of or relating to circulation. 2. Of or relating to the circulatory system. * * * … Universalium
circulatory — adjective Of or pertaining to a circulation, especially to the circulatory system … Wiktionary
circulatory — adj. Circulatory is used with these nouns: ↑disease, ↑disorder, ↑system … Collocations dictionary
circulatory — cir|cu|la|to|ry [ˌsə:kjuˈleıtəri, ˈsə:kjulətəri US ˈsə:rkjuləto:ri] adj [only before noun] relating to the movement of blood around your body ▪ the heart and circulatory system … Dictionary of contemporary English
circulatory — cir|cu|la|tor|y [ sɜrkjələ,tɔri ] adjective relating to the movement of blood around your body: circulatory problems … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English