aorta

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aor·ta

noun \ā-ˈr-tə\

: the large artery that brings blood from the heart to the rest of the body

plural aor·tas or aor·tae\-tē\

Full Definition of AORTA

:  the great arterial trunk that carries blood from the heart to be distributed by branch arteries through the body — see heart illustration
aor·tic \-ˈr-tik\ adjective

Origin of AORTA

New Latin, from Greek aortē, from aeirein to lift
First Known Use: 1543

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

aor·ta

noun \ā-ˈrt-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural aor·tas or aor·tae \-ē\

Medical Definition of AORTA

: the large arterial trunk that carries blood from the heart to be distributed by branch arteries through the body

Illustration of AORTA

aorta

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Artery that carries blood from the heart to all the organs and structures of the body. Where the left ventricle opens into the aorta, a valve prevents backflow of blood into the heart. The aorta ascends from the heart, arches over it to the left, then descends into the trunk. Arteries branch off along its length until it divides at hip level into arteries that go to the legs.

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