ar·​tery | \ ˈär-tə-rē , ˈär-trē\
plural arteries

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 (such as a river or highway) of transportation or communication especially : the main channel in a branching system

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Examples of artery in a Sentence

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

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Of those, up to 25% are estimated to be severe strokes involving a big clot in a major artery to the brain. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal," 28 Nov. 2018 Detecting blood flow problems in men is much easier because the blockage in larger arteries is more obvious and easier to measure. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Heart attack and stroke symptoms: You should know the difference between men and women," 29 Mar. 2018 People need cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and other substances, but trouble arises when the waxy matter builds up inside the walls of arteries, hardening into plaque that restricts the flow of blood and increases the risk of heart disease. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "High Cholesterol? It Must Be January," 18 Jan. 2019 With coronary artery disease, plaque builds up and narrows the arteries, and in turn, interferes with blood flow to the heart, as the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Healthy, Experienced Runner Had a Heart Attack During the New York City Marathon," 10 Dec. 2018 To visitors, blurting their approval as wigs and sets streaked past, the studio’s arteries seemed like the most fun and exciting place in world. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 Teenagers who smoke or who binge on alcohol have signs of artery damage by age 17, a recent study shows. Fox News, "Artery damage seen in some teenage smokers, drinkers," 7 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation is in its early stages of considering a toll expressway that would hug or be part of State Road 50, the major artery that now connects S.R. 408 and S.R. 520. Kevin Spear,, "Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway across Bithlo, then shelve the plan," 29 June 2018 Nearly one in every three American adults has high levels of LDL, the AHA says, which contributes to buildup of fatty plaque and narrowing of the arteries. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol Take a Personal Approach," 10 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of artery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for artery

Middle English arterie, from Latin arteria, from Greek artēria; akin to Greek aortē aorta

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English Language Learners Definition of artery

: any one of the tubes that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body
: a large road, river, railroad line, etc.


ar·​tery | \ ˈär-tə-rē \
plural arteries

Kids Definition of artery

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


ar·​tery | \ ˈärt-ə-rē \
plural arteries

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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