noun, plural ar·ter·ies.
Origin of artery
Examples from the Web for artery
The horn, or broken rib, had hit an artery, and within a few minutes, or seconds, he was dead.
Now surgeons will have an hour to fix the artery, return blood, and revive you.New 'Suspended Animation' Procedure Saves Lives by Replacing Blood with a Cold Electrolyte Solution|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The equivalent of that nerve— the most direct route to its end organ—is to go south of the equivalent of the artery.
So the most direct route from the brain to the larynx was now not south of that artery.
At a certain point, this artery suddenly allows side-of-the-road parking.
The median, which lies in front of, but a little to the outside of the artery, though in some rare cases it lies behind it; 2.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery|Joseph Bell
Compression of the artery makes no difference in the size or tension of the swelling.Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
A branch or branches or even one artery may become blocked as a result of obliterating endarteritis.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:|Louis Marshall Warfield
The blood flowed steadily from the two openings, but not in jets, which would indicate the severing of an artery.Watch and Wait|Oliver Optic
The fever abated towards morning: but the certainty of dying still throbbed in every artery of the hapless man.Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for artery
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for artery
Word Origin and History for artery
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.