subclavian artery


: the proximal part of the main artery of the arm or forelimb

Examples of subclavian artery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In surgery, after inserting a video scope through the chest tube incision, the surgeon found a small cut to the left subclavian artery, the big vessel that travels up the chest, under the collarbone and into the arm. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2015 The turbulent romance ended on April 3 when Clenney allegedly plunged a knife into Obumseli’s chest, slicing his subclavian artery, during an argument. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2022 Clenney, while on the phone with her mother, allegedly plunged the knife into the chest of her cryptocurrency-trader boyfriend at close range, slicing his subclavian artery. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2022 Clenney allegedly plunged a knife 3 ½ inches into Obumseli's chest, puncturing his subclavian artery, during an argument April 3 at their luxury high-rise apartment in Miami. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2022 Projecting an illustration of a kitchen knife on a screen, Fernandez Rundle explained that on April 3, Clenney stabbed Obumseli with a six-inch blade that penetrated three inches into his chest and pierced his subclavian artery, killing him. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Subclavian artery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

subclavian artery

: the proximal part of the main artery of the arm that arises on the right side from the brachiocephalic artery and on the left side from the arch of the aorta, that extends from its point of origin to the outer border of the first rib where it becomes the axillary artery and passes through the axilla and into the arm to become the brachial artery, and that supplies or gives off branches supplying the brain, neck, anterior wall of the thorax, and shoulder

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