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noun, plural ar·te·ri·ot·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. the incision or opening into the lumen of an artery for the removal of a clot, embolus, or the like, or, formerly, for bloodletting.
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Origin of arteriotomy

First recorded in 1625–35; arterio- + -tomy
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Examples from the Web for arteriotomy

Historical Examples

  • These symptoms had led to trying the affects of arteriotomy in the temples, but with no relief.

    William Harvey

    D'Arcy Powers

  • This in medical practice would be blood drawn from a vein, and Harvey says nothing of arteriotomy in this passage.

arteriotomy in Medicine


  1. Incision into the lumen of an artery.
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