femoral artery


Definition of femoral artery

: the chief artery of the thigh lying in its anterior inner part

Examples of femoral artery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bullet hit Mattingly in the femoral artery in his leg, causing a potentially lethal injury. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Officer in Breonna Taylor killing not shot by friendly fire," 24 June 2020 Jonathan Mattingly in the femoral artery in his thigh. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor's attorney: Police should release other officers' body camera video," 11 June 2020 Jonathan Mattingly was struck in the femoral artery by Walker's shot and has survived. Louisville Courier Journal, "Website bearing Breonna Taylor's name takes users to Louisville police donation page," 1 June 2020 The elephant ran a tusk through his leg, narrowly missing the femoral artery. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Peter Beard, “The End of the Game”," 19 Apr. 2020 The bullet severed his femoral artery, vein, and nerve. Madeline Levine, The Atlantic, "Kids Don’t Need to Stay ‘On Track’ to Succeed," 16 Feb. 2020 Doctors were able to access Jagger's heart valve through his femoral artery and are now monitoring the Rolling Stones frontman for any complications that could arise from the procedure, including excess bleeding. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Mick Jagger Undergoes Successful Heart Valve Procedure," 4 Apr. 2019 Using a micro-catheter, Dr. Monica Pearl and her team go through the femoral artery in the thigh up to the blood vessels in the brain, and carefully put liquid embolic agents, a type of surgical glue, to block blood flow and force the tissue to die. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Toddler Thriving After Doctors Cure Her Seizures by Intentionally Inducing Strokes in Her Brain," 25 Oct. 2019 The boy’s right arm had been nearly torn off; a gash on his right leg, near the groin, may have cut the femoral artery; some of his fingers were broken. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of femoral artery

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Femoral artery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femoral%20artery. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of femoral artery

: the chief artery of the thigh that is a continuation of the external iliac artery lying in the anterior part of the thigh and is undivided until a point about two inches (5 centimeters) below the inguinal ligament where it divides into a large deep branch and a smaller superficial branch — see deep femoral artery

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