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 Franklin was shot in his left arm and his right thigh, severing his femoral artery, the affidavit states. Meredith Colias-Pete, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2021 In 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama, an officer unleashed his police dog on a burglary suspect without warning, severing the Black man’s femoral artery and killing him. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, 14 Dec. 2023 The team placed a cage over Kennison’s left leg and ran an external stent from the good section of the femoral artery in the upper thigh, using a tube to get the blood circulating in the lower leg in in the hopes of saving it. Tom Hallman, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Jones had gone out into the ocean Sunday morning during a trip to the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra when his surfboard fin cut his femoral artery, said his father, John Jones. Audrey McAvoy, Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2023 Sarani directed the catheter to run from Harris’s femoral artery up to just below his aorta But Harris’s trauma and shock prevented his body from being able to clot effectively and an hour would not be enough to stabilize the flow without constant blood transfusions. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The femoral artery in the groin, just above the crease where the thigh meets the abdomen. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023 Mattingly required emergency surgery to repair his femoral artery. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2022 The femoral artery is a large blood vessel in the thigh that delivers blood to lower limbs. Audrey McAvoy, Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of femoral artery was circa 1771

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“Femoral artery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femoral%20artery. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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