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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Katrina had her first surgery, to bypass the clotted artery in the brain and increase blood flow, one day after receiving her diagnosis. Fox News, "Sisters diagnosed with rare disease weeks apart recovering from brain surgeries," 28 Sep. 2018 Perhaps his patient had a blockage in one of the arteries that fed his colon. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was Causing a Healthy Older Man to Be Nauseated by Food?," 13 June 2018 The study is based off the case of a 76-year-old man who underwent surgery for his aortic arch, a part of the main artery around the heart. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Virus found in a pond offers hope for when antibiotics aren’t working, study finds | Miami Herald," 21 Mar. 2018 Add another example to the list: a dead-end bus line in Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque’s main artery is Central Avenue, nationally known as part of historic Route 66. Stephen Ford, WSJ, "Albuquerque’s Electric Bus Takes a Wrong Turn and Goes Nowhere," 29 Mar. 2019 Congestion is worst on north-south arteries because the designers of the interstate highway system focused more on east-west routes, Turmail says. Peter Coy,, "Activists Finger Nine Highway-Construction ‘Boondoggles’," 27 June 2018 The gunman then ran across the street to the motel and barricaded himself inside a room, forcing police to evacuate guests and close a major artery to I-285. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "BREAKING: SWAT standoff forces evacuations at DeKalb County motel," 18 June 2018 Changan Avenue, a major artery in the capital, was also closed off. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "North Korea's Kim Jong Un visits China in first foreign trip: reports," 26 Mar. 2018 Budapest’s once uniformly artery-clogging fare has been tamed and diversified. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 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 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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