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 The agency recently made changes to its use-of-force policy, banning the use of carotid restraints around the head and neck. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fletcher: San Diego MTS stable despite pandemic, looking to expand transit service," 21 Jan. 2021 The San Francisco Police Commission prohibited carotid restraints in 2016. Alexei Koseff,, "California moves toward police reform, but activists hoped for far more," 30 Sep. 2020 McClain was placed in a carotid hold, which restricts blood flow to the brain, the Adams County District Attorney said. George Ramsay, CNN, "These are the Black victims Naomi Osaka is honoring on face masks at the US Open," 11 Sep. 2020 Police put him in a carotid hold and paramedics injected him with ketamine, a sedative. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Aurora police apologize after drawing guns on Black family, mistaking vehicle as stolen," 5 Aug. 2020 On August 24, police attempted to arrest McClain after being called for a suspicious person and used a carotid hold on the 23-year-old before paramedics injected him with Ketamine, a heavy sedative. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Aurora police hit with federal lawsuit over response to Elijah McClain rally last month," 23 July 2020 The other shows Jones reenacting a carotid hold on Dittrich, with the officers still smiling. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Three officers fired over selfie that reenacted chokehold on Elijah McClain," 3 July 2020 McClain, who was unarmed, was handcuffed and placed in a carotid hold, a dangerous restraint technique that cuts off blood to the brain to render a person unconscious. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Police chief fires 3 Colorado officers over photo taken near memorial site for Elijah McClain," 3 July 2020 The confrontation led to one officer placing McClain in a carotid hold, or chokehold. Amir Vera, CNN, "Elijah McClain was a massage therapist who 'wanted to heal' others, his mother says," 30 June 2020

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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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5 Feb 2021

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“Carotid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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