[ ahr-tuh-ree ]
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noun,plural ar·ter·ies.
  1. Anatomy. a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body.

  2. a main channel or highway, especially of a connected system with many branches.

Origin of artery

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin artēria, from Greek artēría “windpipe, trachea, artery”; see aorta

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British Dictionary definitions for artery


/ (ˈɑːtərɪ) /

nounplural -teries
  1. any of the tubular thick-walled muscular vessels that convey oxygenated blood from the heart to various parts of the body: Compare pulmonary artery, vein

  2. a major road or means of communication in any complex system

Origin of artery

C14: from Latin artēria, related to Greek aortē the great artery, aorta

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Scientific definitions for artery


[ ärtə-rē ]

  1. 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.

Other words from artery

  • arterial adjective (är-tîrē-əl)

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