- Also called carotid artery. either of the two large arteries, one on each side of the head, that carry blood to the head and that divide into an external branch supplying the neck, face, and other external parts, and an internal branch supplying the brain, eye, and other internal parts.
- pertaining to a carotid artery.
Origin of carotid
Examples from the Web for carotid
But apparently a tear in the carotid artery is the leading cause in strokes among young people.How Did I Have a Stroke in My 20s?
August 22, 2010
Compress the carotid, and you obtain the clouding-over of the intellect.The Mind and the Brain
The probability is that, like the carotid body, it is sympathetic in origin.
Thus, in the carotid of the horse the velocity was found to be 300 mm.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
It was a puncture of the carotid artery, and you couldn't do that with this if you tried.The Crime Doctor
Ernest William Hornung
Light from pressing the eye-ball, and sound from the pulsation of the carotid artery.Zoonomia, Vol. I
- either one of the two principal arteries that supply blood to the head and neck
- of or relating to either of these arteries
Word Origin and History for carotid
1540s, "pertaining to the two great arteries of the neck," from Greek karotides "great arteries of the neck," plural of karotis, from karoun "plunge into sleep or stupor," because compression of these arteries was believed to cause unconsciousness (Galen). But if this is folk etymology, the Greek word could be from kara "head," related to kranion "skull, upper part of the head," from PIE root *ker- "horn, head" (see horn (n.)).
- Either of two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head.
- Relating to either of these arteries.