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artery

noun ar·tery \ˈär-tə-rē, ˈär-trē\

: any one of the tubes that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body

: a large road, river, railroad line, etc.

plural ar·ter·ies

Full Definition of ARTERY

1
:  any of the tubular branching muscular- and elastic-walled vessels that carry blood from the heart through the body
2
:  a channel (as a river or highway) of transportation or communication; especially :  the main channel in a branching system
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Examples of ARTERY

  1. He favors local side roads over major arteries.
  2. <there's an accident on the main artery into town, so I'll be late>

Origin of ARTERY

Middle English arterie, from Latin arteria, from Greek artēria; akin to Greek aortē aorta
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ARTERY

ARTERIES Defined for Kids

artery

noun ar·tery \ˈär-tə-rē\
plural ar·ter·ies

Definition of ARTERY for Kids

1
:  one of the branching tubes that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body
2
:  a main road or waterway
Medical Dictionary

artery

noun ar·tery \ˈärt-ə-rē\
plural ar·ter·ies

Medical Definition of ARTERY

:  any of the tubular branching muscular- and elastic-walled vessels that carry blood from the heart through the body

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