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

Examples of carotid artery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colin Simpson told the Cody Enterprise that his father suffered the stroke last Monday after recently having a blood clot removed from a carotid artery on his left side. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Dubious distinction, voting behind bars, flag decision: News from around our 50 states," 3 Nov. 2020 In Indiana, a police dog chewed on a man’s neck for 30 seconds, puncturing his trachea and slicing his carotid artery. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD announces planned changes to K-9 unit policies in effort to 'improve public safety'," 7 Oct. 2020 Next the funeral director makes a small incision near the clavicle, to access the jugular vein and carotid artery. Mark Evely, The Conversation, "When someone dies, what happens to the body?," 15 Sep. 2020 The blade opened her carotid artery and cut her trachea in half, Jim Gund said. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "California couple who assisted rural sheriff can’t seek damages for brutal attack by Corvallis killer," 28 Aug. 2020 In the carotid restraint, also known as a sleeper hold, pressure is applied to the carotid artery, jugular vein, or sides of the neck to temporarily cut off blood flow to the brain, rendering an individual unconscious. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The prohibition of carotid and neck restraints in Wauwatosa is a 'civil rights victory,' chairperson says," 6 Aug. 2020 On June 5, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that the state will ban police departments from using chokeholds, carotid artery neck restraints, and similar tactics except when deadly force is necessary. USA Today, "Cities and states across the US announce police reform following demands for change," 18 June 2020 Denver, Houston and Phoenix are among those that put an immediate ban on tactics like chokeholds and strangleholds — sometimes referred to as carotid artery restraints — designed to render a person unconscious. USA Today, "George Floyd's not alone. 'I can’t breathe' uttered by dozens in fatal police holds across U.S.," 13 June 2020 Multiple law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area and California have ended use of the technique, which involves applying pressure to the neck and cutting off blood flow in the carotid artery to the brain. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "OPD on protests: 137 arson fires, more than 200 businesses looted, vandalized," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of carotid artery

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Carotid artery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carotid%20artery. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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carotid artery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carotid artery

medical : either one of the two arteries in the neck that supply blood to the head

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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