Definitions for vascularity
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vas•cu•larˈvæs kyə lər(adj.)
pertaining to, composed of, or provided with vessels that convey fluids, as blood or sap.
Origin of vascular:
1665–75; < NL vāsculāris. See vasculum , -ar1
the property being vascular
"a prominent vascularity"
Vascular condition; vasculature.
: The degree to which the veins in a body part are visible.
the quality or state of being vascular
Vascularity, in bodybuilding, is the condition of having many highly visible, prominent and often extensively ramified superficial veins. The skin appears "thin" — sometimes virtually diaphanous — due to an extreme reduction of subcutaneous fat, allowing for maximum muscle definition. Vascularity is enhanced by extremely low body fat and low retained water, as well as the muscle engorgement and venous distension accentuated by the vigorous flexing and potentially hazardous Valsalva effect which characterize competitive posing. Genetics and androgenic hormones will affect vascularity, as will ambient temperature. Some bodybuilders use topical vasodilators to increase blood flow to the skin as well. Although historically controversial, nowadays vascularity is a highly sought after aesthetic for many male bodybuilders, but less so for female bodybuilders where the target aesthetic is relatively more towards aesthetic symmetry than extreme development.
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