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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His jugular vein and carotid artery were both sliced. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Roofer sliced co-worker's throat with circular saw, claims he was teased: reports," 10 Aug. 2018 Saunders said Mariah’s jugular vein and carotid artery had been cut in the attack. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Oceanside father stabbed 7-year-old daughter about 10 times," 6 Aug. 2019 The blade's tip, meanwhile, was pushing against his carotid artery, which supplies the brain with blood. NBC News, "Kansas boy very lucky to survive knife impaling his face," 18 June 2019 A year in space caused Scott's carotid artery to thicken, DNA damage, gene expression changes, a thickening of the retina, shifts in gut microbes, reduced cognitive abilities and a structural change at the ends of chromosomes called telomeres. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 2019 In February, a Texas man died after his e-cigarette exploded and shrapnel tore through his carotid artery. Arman Azad, CNN, "This teen's vape exploded, shattering his jaw," 19 June 2019 Doctors placed a stent in her carotid artery hoping to prevent future strokes. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Beyond these genetic effects, Scott developed thickening in his retina and in his carotid artery. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "One-of-a-kind study of astronaut twins hints at spaceflight’s health effects," 11 Apr. 2019 The pen exploded when Brown tried to inhale from it for the first time, with a piece slicing through his carotid artery, getting lodged in the vital passageway, which helps send blood to the brain. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Man Dies After Exploding E-Cigarette Sends Shrapnel into His Neck," 5 Feb. 2019

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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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