ca·​rot·​id kə-ˈrä-təd How to pronounce carotid (audio)
: belonging to or situated near a carotid artery
carotid endarterectomy

Examples of carotid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Woodyard then applied a carotid hold, which caused McClain to lose consciousness, the indictment said. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023 Mabanag wrapped his arm around Soriano’s neck and attempted a carotid hold to cut off the flow of blood to his brain, but the hold slipped, choking off Soriano’s breath. Ali Winston, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2023 Officers tackled him and put him in a carotid chokehold, which restricts blood flow to the brain. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2022 Rosenblatt unsuccessfully attempted a carotid hold -- a chokehold that applies pressure to the throat or windpipe -- before the same hold was executed by Woodyard, resulting in McClain falling unconscious, the indictment said. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2022 After examining police body-camera footage, witness statements, and other records, the coroner's office determined paramedics injected McClain with too much ketamine for his weight as police restrained him in a carotid hold. Peter Weber, The Week, 24 Sep. 2022 Police said McClain had resisted and he was placed into a carotid hold. Steve Almasy, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 Police said McClain had resisted, and he was placed into a carotid hold. Andy Rose, CNN, 2 Sep. 2022 The new ban on chokeholds is a full prohibition on carotid-artery compression techniques — and includes no exceptions. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 7 June 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carotid was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Carotid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ca·​rot·​id kə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce carotid (audio)
: one of the pair of arteries that pass up each side of the neck and supply the head

called also carotid artery

carotid adjective

Medical Definition


ca·​rot·​id kə-ˈrät-əd How to pronounce carotid (audio)
: of, situated near, or involving a carotid artery
carotid arteriography

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