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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the bullets missed Toney's bulletproof vest by an inch, cut through an artery, punctured his lung and lodged in his vertebrae. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana 'Death Row' holds 8 killers, no executions are scheduled," 19 Apr. 2012 This summer, builders will finish the reconstruction of High Street and the construction of new brick crosswalks, lights and trees along the district’s primary artery. Jarrad Saffren, USA TODAY, "Mount Holly continues to improve High Street business district," 20 June 2020 The Sacramento, for instance, is the central artery for farmland, marshlands and urban areas, fed by a vast watershed extending thousands of square miles. Gregory Thomas,, "Solo paddler kayaks entire Sacramento River, 350 miles from Redding to Golden Gate," 14 June 2020 The Los Angeles Police Commission followed up the bar-arm ban weeks later by restricting the carotid chokehold, designed to immobilize a suspect by blocking the neck artery and, by extension, the flow of blood to the brain. NBC News, "Virginia has the most Confederate memorials in the country, but that might change," 10 June 2020 Thomas had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana State's Kurt Thomas, gymnast denied 1980 glory, dies," 7 June 2020 During major tournaments, the paths will be an artery for such things as transporting food and beverages. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "An inside look at the progress of PGA Frisco — the biggest public golf course project North Texas has ever seen," 5 June 2020 That's why these procedures do prevent catastrophes in high-risk patients but not in stable ones, for whom the risk of abrupt artery closure is very low. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the February 2020 Issue," 1 June 2020 The protests that have roiled Minneapolis night after night didn’t inflame just a single neighborhood: Much of the violence raged up Lake Street, an artery of commerce and culture that cuts across a broad swath of the city. Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest devastates a city’s landmark street of diversity," 1 June 2020

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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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The first known use of artery was in the 14th century

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23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Artery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce artery (audio)

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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