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 east-west artery will close at 10 p.m. Saturday and reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday. Ryan Gillespie,, "Pedestrian bridge to take shape as steel truss is installed during Colonial Drive closure," 12 July 2018 For Assad, the Deraa campaign holds out the prospect of reopening the Nassib crossing with Jordan, a vital trade artery. NBC News, "U.N. urges Jordan to open border as 320,000 flee while Russian jets hit southern Syria," 5 July 2018 The twins were conjoined at their abdomen and shared organs such as the stomach and part of the aorta, a crucial artery that runs from the heart down to the abdomen. Rory Smith, Cnn Anna Cardovillis, CNN, "Tanzanian conjoined twins die at age 21," 4 June 2018 The body regulates blood pressure through proteins that cause veins and arteries to expand or contract. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Plains and Oklahoma-based Magellan Midstream Partners recently expanded their BridgeTex oil pipeline, which has served as the major artery from West Texas to the Houston region. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil, Plains partner on Permian pipeline project," 12 June 2018 That process allowed new blood vessels to grow, which in turn will give rise to fresh veins, arteries, and even nerves once the soldier’s rehabilitation process is complete, according to her doctors. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Growing an Ear in an Arm, Pot and Pregnant Women, Health App Effectiveness," 10 May 2018 Evans said the victim suffered a wound to a main artery and was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Jerome Campbell,, "Man in his 50s stabbed to death in South End," 8 May 2018 The bullet went through Diane's left rib cage and diaphragm, severed a vein and artery in her spleen, and then hit several organs including her left kidney and stomach. CBS News, "Atlanta attorney fatally shoots wife in SUV: Accident or cold-blooded murder?," 28 Apr. 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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