- Physiology. pertaining to the blood in the pulmonary vein, in the left side of the heart, and in most arteries, having been oxygenated during its passage through the lungs and being normally bright red.
- Anatomy. of, relating to, or resembling the arteries.
- being or constituting a main route, channel, or other course of flow or access, often with many branches: an arterial highway; an arterial drainage system.
- a main route, channel, or other course of flow or access: funds to resurface the main arterials of the city.
Origin of arterial
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Examples from the Web for arterial
Heavy lacerations, arterial bleeding, left leg and left arm.Friends on the Line: Excerpt from Brian Mockenhaupt’s “The Living and the Dead”
November 21, 2012
In the arterial system it also ebbed and flowed, and might be seen and felt to pulsate there.The Legacy of Greece
Then we see wisdom just as much in the venous system, as in the arterial.Philosophy of Osteopathy
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A notable diminution of arterial pressure has been observed.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
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It may be noted that arterial anomalies are extremely frequent.The Criminal
Its shape has been discovered by deep borings in search of arterial waters.The Argentine Republic
- of, relating to, or affecting an artery or arteriesarterial disease
- denoting or relating to the usually bright red reoxygenated blood returning from the lungs or gills that circulates in the arteries
- being a major route, esp one with many minor branchesan arterial road
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Word Origin and History for arterial
early 15c., from French artérial (Modern French artériel), from Latin arteria; see artery.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to one or more arteries or to the entire system of arteries.
- Of, relating to, or being the bright red oxygenated blood in the arteries.
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- Any of the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body's cells, tissues, and organs. Arteries are flexible, elastic tubes with muscular walls that expand and contract to pump blood through the body.
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