- Anatomy. a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body.
- a main channel or highway, especially of a connected system with many branches.
Origin of artery
Related Words for arteriesboulevard, thoroughfare, duct, tube, sewer, highway, corridor, passage, avenue, route, road, pathway, canal, conduit, track, course, way, line
Examples from the Web for arteries
Contemporary Examples of arteries
Twenty minutes later, the surgeons told us they needed to start on the 12-hour operation to save his arteries.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
The drug halts the development of atherosclerosis, a word referring to the hardening of the arteries.Scientists at Johns Hopkins Come Closer to Eliminating Heart Disease
April 25, 2014
The Paleo diet is dangerous because it permits red meat, which clogs our arteries and shortens our lifespan.In Defense of the Paleo Diet
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.AC.
January 16, 2014
Of these deaths, coronary heart disease—the narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart—accounts for more than half the deaths.Heart Attack 101: What May Have Killed James Gandolfini
June 20, 2013
It is art that reaches deep into arteries and jowels that sag with life lived.Lucian Freud's Naked Truths
March 18, 2010
Historical Examples of arteries
At one time a favorite expression was, A man is as old as his arteries.The Goat-gland Transplantation
Sydney B. Flower
They never take a fellow on anything but two arteries for the navy.Barrington
Charles James Lever
Not a drop of blood was found in the veins nor was any found in the arteries or heart.
He can feel all the throbbings of the blood in the arteries.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes
James Quay Howard
Then, in jubilant waves, the blood beat back into her arteries.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Word Origin for artery
Word Origin and History for arteries
late 14c., from Anglo-French arterie, Old French artaire (13c.; Modern French artère), and directly from Latin arteria, from Greek arteria "windpipe," also "an artery," as distinct from a vein; related to aeirein "to raise" (see aorta).
They were regarded by the ancients as air ducts because the arteries do not contain blood after death; medieval writers took them for the channels of the "vital spirits," and 16c. senses of artery in English include "trachea, windpipe." The word is used in reference to artery-like systems of major rivers from 1805; of railways from 1850.
- Any of a branching system of muscular, elastic blood vessels that, except for the pulmonary and umbilical arteries, carry aerated blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
- 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.