Definition of “carotid artery” - English Dictionary

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“carotid artery” in British English

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carotid arterynoun [ C ]

uk /kəˌrɒt.ɪd ˈɑː.tər.i/ us /kəˌrɑː.t̬ɪd ˈɑːr.t̬ɚ.i/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Division of the carotid artery is fatal, and of the internal jugular vein very dangerous on account of entrance of air. 
  • It was pierced by a very small but very deep wound, which had divided the carotid artery. 
  • The throb of the two carotid arteries may be plainly felt by pressing the thumb and finger backwards on each side of the larynx. 
  • Then the physicians who had attended the dead man were called, and testified that the knife-blade had penetrated the left carotid artery, and that he had bled to death—was dead, indeed, before they reached him. 
  • Two years ago I began a series of experiments on epileptics and maniacs, which involved the application of protracted pressure to the common carotid artery on both sides. 

(Definition of “carotid artery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)