aor·​ta | \ ā-ˈȯr-tə How to pronounce aorta (audio) \
plural aortas or aortae\ ā-​ˈȯr-​tē How to pronounce aortae (audio) \

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

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Other Words from aorta

aortic \ ā-​ˈȯr-​tik How to pronounce aortic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of aorta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet, as Underhill had been going about life, an aneurysm had been growing in his aorta. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "He was 30 and almost died playing cornhole at IMS; now he's back at track," 6 Sep. 2019 Just 20 hours earlier, Teirstein had restored full blood flow to White by placing a new valve in his aorta. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ex-Chargers great Ed White reports huge health gain, from innovative heart procedure," 4 Sep. 2019 If confirmed, Shaw will fill the seat that became vacant when Birch died of a torn aorta Aug. 7. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy picks state Rep. Laddie Shaw to fill Alaska state Senate vacancy," 31 Aug. 2019 Ashmore, his attorney, says one bullet was removed from his aorta after 30 days, while another bullet that lodged in his hip will have to remain there. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "A bodycam caught a deputy shooting a man in his South Carolina home. It contradicts the initial police narrative," 30 July 2019 The simpler dishes feel like home cooking: a plate of chicken and rice; pho bo dac biet, beef noodle soup with brisket, bone-in short rib, and chewy segments of aorta gleaming white from the clear broth. Globe Staff,, "Ban Tôi chef-owner Chieu Nguyen used to run a nail salon. Now he’s doing what he loves.," 18 July 2019 The doctor then inserts the catheter into the femoral artery at the top of the thigh and threads it up to the opening between the heart and the aorta. Howard Lewine,, "Replacing a tight aortic valve without surgery," 28 Aug. 2019 Lee's son eventually received surgery to repair two holes in his aorta and is fully recovered. Dallas News, "Texas legislature's fix to surprise health care bills still leaves millions vulnerable," 19 Aug. 2019 Tali Birch Kindred, the daughter of the late state Sen. Chris Birch, is seeking to replace her father in the Alaska Legislature after his sudden death last week from a ruptured aorta. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Chris Birch’s daughter among applicants for late state senator’s vacant seat," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of aorta

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aorta

New Latin, from Greek aortē, from aeirein to lift

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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of aorta was in 1543

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English Language Learners Definition of aorta

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


aor·​ta | \ ā-ˈȯr-tə How to pronounce aorta (audio) \

Kids Definition of aorta

: the main artery that carries blood from the heart for distribution to all parts of the body


aor·​ta | \ ā-ˈȯrt-ə How to pronounce aorta (audio) \
plural aortas or aortae\ -​ē How to pronounce aortae (audio) \

Medical Definition of aorta

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

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