artery

noun ar·tery \ ˈär-tə-rē , ˈär-trē \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of artery

plural arteries
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

Examples of artery in a Sentence

  1. He favors local side roads over major arteries.

  2. there's an accident on the main artery into town, so I'll be late

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Origin and Etymology of artery

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


ARTERY Defined for English Language Learners

artery

noun

Definition of artery for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the tubes that carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body

  • : a large road, river, railroad line, etc.


ARTERY Defined for Kids

artery

noun ar·tery \ ˈär-tə-rē \

Definition of artery for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

artery

noun ar·tery \ ˈärt-ə-rē \

medical Definition of artery

plural arteries
: any of the tubular branching muscular- and elastic-walled vessels that carry blood from the heart through the body

Illustration of artery



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