carotid artery

noun
variants: or carotid

Definition of carotid artery

: either of the two main arteries that supply blood to the head of which the left in humans arises from the arch of the aorta and the right by bifurcation of the brachiocephalic artery with each passing up the side of the neck and dividing opposite the upper border of the thyroid cartilage into an external branch supplying the face, tongue, and external parts of the head and an internal branch supplying the brain, eye, and other internal parts of the head

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The errant gunshot, fired into the crowd amid a fight between other teenagers, ruptured Sakran’s trachea, severed his carotid artery and paralyzed his vocal chord. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 The Utah Medical Examiner's Office said an autopsy showed the child had three penetrating stab wounds to the neck including one that severed the carotid artery and the jugular vein. Fox News, "Utah man arrested in stabbing death of 10-month-old son," 22 July 2018 For example, should older Americans be screened for blocked carotid arteries? Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "The Scan That Saved My Life," 25 Aug. 2018 To assess the stiffness of the teens' artery walls, the researchers used a noninvasive device to measure the speed at which a pulse from the heart travels between the carotid artery in the neck and the femoral artery in the leg. Fox News, "Artery damage seen in some teenage smokers, drinkers," 7 Sep. 2018 At this point, another officer opened fire, shooting him in the carotid artery and killing him, Le Monde reported. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Protests erupt in French city after a 22-year-old was stopped by police — then shot and killed," 4 July 2018 The bullet had entered his head just beneath his right ear and narrowly missed his carotid artery, according to the Associated Press. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Jury convicts Boston high school dean who led secret life, shot student in the head," 1 June 2018 Common factors that can lead to stroke, such as carotid artery disease and atrial fibrillation, did not apply in this case. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park teacher caps off stroke recovery by finishing Wisconsin Marathon," 22 June 2018 The bullet entered Rodriguez’s head just under his right ear, narrowly missing his carotid artery, breaking his jawbone, and causing nerve damage and hearing loss. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Former English High dean who led secret life of crime sentenced to two decades in prison," 1 June 2018

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1667, in the meaning defined above

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carotid artery

noun

Medical Definition of carotid artery

: either of the two main arteries that supply blood to the head of which the left in humans arises from the arch of the aorta and the right by bifurcation of the brachiocephalic artery with each passing along the corresponding anterolateral aspect of the neck and dividing opposite the upper border of the thyroid cartilage into an external branch supplying the face, tongue, and external parts of the head and an internal branch supplying the brain, eye, and other internal parts of the head

called also carotid

— see common carotid artery, external carotid artery, internal carotid artery

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