- the main trunk of the arterial system, conveying blood from the left ventricle of the heart to all of the body except the lungs.
Origin of aorta
Examples from the Web for aortic
The hard work began after Walters had her aortic valve replaced with one from a cow.Barbara Walters Opens Up About Her Heart Surgery
February 2, 2011
Doctors there performed a 20-hour surgery in an attempt to repair his aortic dissection.What Killed Richard Holbrooke?
December 14, 2010
Even though he underwent an aortic valve replacement in 2008, he insists he has no intention of retiring anytime soon.Jim Lehrer's Cross-Country Fantasy
April 24, 2010
They were terrific words too, from aortic and actinic 232 in the a's to genuflections in the g's.The Annals of Ann
Kate Trimble Sharber
In aortic insufficiency the situation is somewhat different.
It measures the work of the heart, the potential energy, up to the moment of the opening of the aortic valves.
Low diastolic pressure is frequently pathognomonic of aortic insufficiency.
Aortic stenosis, the rarest of the valvular lesions, is practically always accompanied by high pressure picture.
- the main vessel in the arterial network, which conveys oxygen-rich blood from the heart to all parts of the body except the lungs
Word Origin and History for aortic
1570s, from Medieval Latin aorta, from Greek aorte, term applied by Aristotle to the great artery of the heart, literally "what is hung up," from aeirein "to lift, heave, raise," of uncertain origin; related to the second element in meteor. Used earlier by Hippocrates of the bronchial tubes. Related: Aortal; aortic.
- The large artery that is the main trunk of the systemic arterial system, arising from the base of the left ventricle, ending at the left side of the body of the fourth lumbar vertebra, dividing to form the right and left common iliac arteries, and whose parts are the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, and the descending aorta.
- The main artery of the circulatory system, arising from the left ventricle of the heart in mammals and birds and carrying blood with high levels of oxygen to all the arteries of the body except those of the lungs.