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Answered 2008-10-01 07:38:07

Vaso meaning blood vessels and constriction meaning narrowing. Vasoconstriction is when your blood vessels become smaller or more narrow. This applies to arteries, veins, etc. A common vasoconstricter is Visine, because it constricts the blood vessels in the eye which is why your sclera turns from red to white.

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Why does your face turn red after coming out of cold?

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