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
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>
Origin and Etymology of artery
Middle English arterie, from Latin arteria, from Greek artēria; akin to Greek aortē aorta
First Known Use: 14th century
ARTERY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of artery for Students
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 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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