pulmonary artery


Definition of pulmonary artery

: an artery that conveys venous blood from the heart to the lungs — see heart illustration

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During Syah’s first surgery, doctors repaired her aorta and placed a band on the pulmonary artery to prevent too much blood from rushing to her lungs instead of her body. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "3D printed hearts and joints? Doctors at UMMC, VA Hospital are starting with models," 24 July 2019 Last year, Smith was accepted to take part in a pulmonary artery denervation trial. Fox News, "Woman diagnosed with 2 terminal illnesses given 6 months to live," 2 May 2018 Once inside the rat, the worms make their way to the rat’s brain to partially mature, then on to the pulmonary arteries that lead from the heart to the lungs. National Geographic, "Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)," 16 Mar. 2018 At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mr. Knutson had begun a two-pronged treatment aimed at attacking a large tumor threatening his pulmonary artery. New York Times, "The Price They Pay," 5 Mar. 2018 Chaparro is Anderson’s cardiologist, who tracks her heart via a dime-sized CardioMEM device implanted in Anderson’s pulmonary artery. Samantha Gross, miamiherald, "Checking your heart rate through the Apple Watch and other devices | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 The surgeons then clamped the aorta beyond the catheter and clamped the pulmonary artery and venae cavae, thus isolating the heart from the rest of the body, which thereafter received no circulation. Lily Rothman, Time, "50 Years Ago This Week: Inside the First Heart Transplant," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pulmonary artery

1704, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of pulmonary artery

: an arterial trunk or either of its two main branches that carry venous blood to the lungs:
a : a large arterial trunk that arises from the conus arteriosus of the right ventricle, ascends in front of the aorta, and branches into the right and left pulmonary arteries

called also pulmonary trunk

b : a branch of the pulmonary trunk that passes under the arch of the aorta to the right lung where it divides into branches

called also right pulmonary artery

c : a branch of the pulmonary trunk that passes to the left in front of the descending part of the aorta, gives off the ductus arteriosus in the fetus which regresses to the ligamentum arteriosum in the adult, and passes to the left lung where it divides into branches

called also left pulmonary artery

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