ar·​tery | \ ˈär-tə-rē How to pronounce artery (audio) , 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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Now able to print ultrafine details 0.02 millimeter across, the researchers printed a whole collagen heart equivalent to that of a newborn infant, complete with ventricles, veins and arteries. Scientific American, "Fang Needles, Quantum Carpets and Tender Robot Touches: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 2 Aug. 2019 First, the donor’s lungs are removed, a process that involves stapling shut the major vein and artery that take blood to and from the lungs, as well as closing off the bronchus, the main passage through which air passes. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 Exercise, eat right and avoid alcohol and cigarettes Blood pressure is a measure of the force at which blood flows through our veins, arteries and capillaries, and when that force is too great, it is called hypertension or high blood pressure. Susan Scutti, CNN, "High blood pressure at doctor's office may mean you're twice as likely to die of heart disease," 10 June 2019 Skip to main content New research shows that vaping just one time can affect your blood vessels and the constriction of the arteries in your heart, brain, and legs. Matthew Perrone And Matt Ott, USA TODAY, "As e-cigarette era heats up, Philip Morris and Altria talk merger after decade apart," 26 Aug. 2019 Fries cooked in it were melt-in-your-mouth wonderful, Jay Jones writes, until the outcry against this artery-clogging substance sent it packing. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: This car-free Maine island is a Wyeth painting come to life," 1 Aug. 2019 Humans experience atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Heart disease is the price of becoming human, UCSD study finds," 22 July 2019 Harris was shot in the left leg, and the bullet severed a major artery, Fowler said during the trial. The Washington Post, al, "Tennessee teen Dorian Harris shot to death over $2 beer," 16 Aug. 2019 The protests at the airport have been deeply tactical, as the largely leaderless movement strikes at a vital economic artery. Ezra Cheung, New York Times, "Chaos Grips Hong Kong’s Airport as Police Clash With Protesters," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce artery (audio) \
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 How to pronounce artery (audio) \
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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