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

Definition of carotid

: belonging to or situated near a carotid artery carotid endarterectomy

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Recent Examples on the Web An arm of Sonoma County’s law enforcement oversight office this month proposed banning carotid restraints, which can cause injury or death if the hold is done incorrectly or maintained for too long, the Press Democrat reported. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Police slammed a man’s head into a car that they thought he had stolen, video shows. The man died.," 22 Dec. 2019 The carotid restraint hold places pressure on the carotid artery in the neck and is meant to cause unconsciousness. Anna Bauman,, "Man who died in deputy’s carotid hold wasn’t driving stolen vehicle," 2 Dec. 2019 During the scuffle, officers did use a carotid control hold, or stranglehold, on McClain, who was 5′ 5″ tall and 140 pounds. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Autopsy: Cause and manner of death of 23-year-old who struggled with Aurora police is undetermined," 8 Nov. 2019 Darwin Fishman, who has taught at San Diego State University and is a member of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, called on the San Diego Police Department to ban a controversial neck hold called the carotid restraint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dozens attend rally, march against police brutality," 20 Oct. 2019 The third officer then successfully applied a bilateral carotid control hold, which caused Grant to fall unconscious temporarily, police said. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Man accused of assaulting 3 Chandler police officers who responded to domestic disturbance," 3 June 2019 The effectiveness of carotid-artery surgery in people without symptoms—but major blockage—was established two decades ago by the Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "The Scan That Saved My Life," 25 Aug. 2018 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

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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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6 Jan 2020

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“Carotid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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