ca·​rot·​id | \ kə-ˈrä-təd How to pronounce carotid (audio) \

Definition of carotid

: belonging to or situated near a carotid artery carotid endarterectomy

Examples of carotid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McClain was wrestled to the ground, according to a letter from the Adams County District Attorney, and an officer proceeded to place him in a carotid hold, restricting blood flow to his brain. Giselle Rhoden, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, landmark legislation that is still awaiting Congressional approval, would also ban chokeholds, no-knock warrants and carotid restraints. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Three years ago, Booker Prize winner Marlon James sliced through enough carotid arteries to fill an ocean. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2022 There are two carotid arteries, running on either side of the neck, bringing blood to the head. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 McClain was placed in a carotid hold by police and injected with ketamine when paramedics arrived. Julia Vargas Jones, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 The outlet also reported the department's policies allow officers to use carotid control in arrests, a controversial maneuver similar to a chokehold. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Officers placed him in a carotid chokehold, which restricts the carotid artery, cutting off blood to the brain, according to an independent review of his death released in February. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 19 Oct. 2021 Officers tackled him and placed him in a carotid hold, a chokehold that reduces blood flow to the brain. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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30 Apr 2022

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“Carotid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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ca·​rot·​id | \ kə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce carotid (audio) \

Medical Definition of carotid

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

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