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 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 The bullet narrowly missed the teenager’s spinal cord and carotid artery, prosecutors said. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Jury selection underway in trial of former BPS dean accused of shooting student over drug sales," 16 May 2018 Prosecutors said Elliot stabbed 21-year-old Shawnice Johnson once, with an unknown sharp object, severing her carotid artery. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "A neighborhood disagreement led to Facebook comments that led to a killing," 11 May 2018 Sieber said Elliot stabbed Johnson once, with an unknown sharp object, severing her carotid artery. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "'I'm scared. My baby, my baby,' were young mother's last words, prosecutor says," 8 May 2018 Nectome’s pitch: connect terminal patients to life support, put them under with anesthesia, and then fill the body with a chemical embalming cocktail through the carotid arteries while the customer is still alive. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "MIT Ends Contract With Nectome, the 100% Fatal Brain Freeze Startup," 3 Apr. 2018 Nectome’s plan is to connect terminal patients to life support, put them under with anesthesia, and then fill the body with a chemical embalming cocktail through the carotid arteries while the customer is still alive. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Nectome Wants to Preserve Your Brain for Decades, But the Process Will Kill You," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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