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 The family later learned her mother suffered a lacerated carotid artery, and that Christopher's girlfriend had a broken femur and abdominal bruising. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 According to an independent review of his death, officers placed McClain in a carotid chokehold that restricts the carotid artery and cuts off blood to the brain. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2021 Officers placed him in a carotid chokehold, which restricts the carotid artery, cutting off blood to the brain, according to an independent review of his death released in February. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 19 Oct. 2021 Others include bleeding within the strap muscles of the neck or damage to the carotid artery or jugular. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2021 There is no single method, but in a typical scenario, fluid containing formaldehyde is pumped into the carotid artery, which forces blood and other fluids in the corpse out of a tube in the jugular or femoral vein. Lisa Wells, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 If, when checked, the carotid artery has blockages on the same side that the TIA or stroke was on, then not only is medical therapy begun to reduce risk of another event, but surgery is considered as well. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 During the struggle, he was placed in a carotid chokehold, which restricts the carotid artery, cutting off blood to the brain. Sabina Ghebremedhin, ABC News, 2 Sep. 2021 One such restraint, the carotid artery hold, was banned by the LAPD and other departments in the state after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020. Kevin Rector Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021

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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 22 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for carotid artery

carotid artery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carotid artery

: 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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