blood vessel smooth muscleGo to external page http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/UBERON_0004237
smooth muscle found within, and composing the majority of the wall of blood vessels. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascular_smooth_muscle ]
- UMLS:C1519956 (ncithesaurus:Vascular_Smooth_Muscle_Tissue)
smooth muscle found within, and composing the majority of the wall of blood vessels.
Vascular smooth muscle contracts or relaxes to both change the volume of blood vessels and the local blood pressure, a mechanism that is responsible for the redistribution of the blood within the body to areas where it is needed (i.e. areas with temporarily enhanced oxygen consumption). Thus the main function of vascular smooth muscle tonus is to regulate the caliber of the blood vessels in the body. Excessive vasoconstriction leads to hypertension, while excessive vasodilation as in shock leads to hypotension.
blood vessel smooth muscle tissue
smooth muscle tissue of blood vessel
blood vessel non-striated muscle
smooth muscle of blood vessel
vascular smooth muscle
blood vessel involuntary muscle
vascular smooth muscle tissue
non-striated muscle of blood vessel
involuntary muscle of blood vessel