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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Half of the main highway arteries of the entire peninsula run through this town. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019 Previous evidence shows that fatty red meat is a prime source of artery-clogging saturated fat, a factor associated with heart disease. NBC News, "When it comes to cholesterol, is chicken as bad as red meat?," 4 June 2019 This thoroughfare became the main artery of the youth movement and a sort of runway for the new gen. Vogue, "1960s It Girl Pattie Boyd Talks Mary Quant," 5 Apr. 2019 Alongside fellow photographer Jerry Burchfield, Chamberlain extensively photographed along Laguna Canyon Road, the city's main artery to and from the inland, portions of which remain only two lanes despite the area's population growth. Bradley Zint,, "Mark Chamberlain, photographer, gallery owner and environmentalist known for the ‘Laguna Canyon Project,’ dies at 75," 26 Apr. 2018 And its approximately 23,000 residents live in multimillion-dollar hill- and cliffside homes or in a smattering of apartment buildings and cottages near the town’s main artery. Brock Keeling, Curbed, "The rise and fall of Laguna Beach, a gay California hotspot," 26 June 2019 Rivulets coalesce and snake across sagebrush steppe, then carve canyons for 250 miles to the Colorado River, picking up sediment from the Little Snake River and other arteries along the way. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Officers retreated behind metal gates as demonstrators completely surrounded the building and dragged barriers across adjacent Hennessy Road, another vital artery. Time Staff, Time, "Escalating Their Campaign Into a Push for Political Freedom, Protesters Return to Hong Kong's Streets," 21 June 2019 For instance, the entire idea of California having a singular El Camino Real that ran like a central artery through the state — connecting the 21 missions and acting as a path for the Franciscan friars — is a 20th century reinvention. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: For whom the mission bell tolls," 21 June 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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