ca·​rot·​id | \ kə-ˈrä-təd \

Definition of carotid

: belonging to or situated near a carotid artery carotid endarterectomy

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Of course, not everyone with carotid blockage will get surgery; thousands of people with the condition can benefit from drug therapy. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "The Scan That Saved My Life," 25 Aug. 2018 What’s more, their carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, an indicator of how well blood vessels expand and contract as needed, increased. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 This patient ended up needing a carotid endarterectomy, a procedure that removes built-up plaque from the artery. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Routine eye exams reveal diseases unrelated to the eye," 5 Mar. 2018 A three-inch stent was placed in his carotid artery. Matt Wolfe, New Republic, "Why did Yousef Muslet face life in prison for an everyday gesture?," 2 Aug. 2017 Her father said the bullets struck her carotid artery. Carol Robinson,, "'She was a beautiful soul': UNA student killed by bullet meant for someone else," 24 July 2017 McGrath’s body rejected a skin graft and in response, his carotid artery exploded. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont plastic surgeon takes cases others said couldn't be done," 15 July 2017 Animals must be slaughtered in the most humane fashion, a sharp knife between the carotid artery and jugular vein. Troy L. Smith,, "LeBron James' new gym workout is both strange and amazing," 22 June 2017 God’s carotid burst open on the new border between India and Pakistan and a million people died of hatred. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Arundhati Roy Returns to Fiction, in Fury," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of carotid

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carotid

French or Greek; French carotide, from Greek karōtides carotid arteries, from karoun to stupefy; akin to Greek kara head — more at cerebral

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ca·​rot·​id | \ kə-ˈrät-əd \

Medical Definition of carotid

: of, situated near, or involving a carotid artery carotid arteriography

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