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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The undiagnosed condition is an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins, which disrupts normal blood flow. Scott Springer,, "Ladonnis Griffin's biggest play ever at Lakota West was a GoFundMe page," 12 July 2018 A National Institute of Health study of civilian tourniquet application found a six-fold reduction in death for injuries to arteries and veins in limbs. Kathy Boccella,, "Nothing has stopped the wave of school shootings. Now districts are buying war-zone trauma kits," 11 June 2018 His lawyer accused the team of opening an artery and puncturing the prisoner's bladder. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 Hot headed But a closer scan of blood vessels in his head found a peculiar narrowing of arteries in his brain. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Eating world’s hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches," 9 Apr. 2018 The concession stands at Globe Life Park will offer more than 10 new items for satiate fans and clog arteries. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers' Opening Day: Everything you need to know to attend Globe Life Park on Thursday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Mar. 2018 Harshbarger found one of Anderson's arteries was 70 to 80 percent closed and another was 50 percent closed. Justin Madden,, "Cleveland activists to hold rally for Tanisha Anderson," 14 Mar. 2018 At age 69, Kennedy had a stent placed in one of his heart arteries, and underwent the same procedure a year later. NBC News, "Justice Kennedy to retire, Trump can solidify court's conservative majority," 27 June 2018 The life-threatening kind is most often linked with pre-existing heart conditions like coronary artery disease (which happens when your arteries become clogged), having an enlarged heart, or having a heart attack. Korin Miller, SELF, "Think You Know How to Do CPR? You Might Be Wrong," 31 May 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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