|the period of life just prior to sexual maturation|
|the circulation of blood from the heart to the lungs for oxygenation and back to the heart|
|1.||of, relating to, or affecting an artery or arteries: arterial disease|
|2.||denoting or relating to the usually bright red reoxygenated blood returning from the lungs or gills that circulates in the arteries|
|3.||being a major route, esp one with many minor branches: an arterial road|
arterial ar·te·ri·al (är-tēr'ē-əl)
Of or relating to one or more arteries or to the entire system of arteries.
Of, relating to, or being the bright red oxygenated blood in the arteries.
|artery (är'tə-rē) Pronunciation Key
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.
arterial adjective (är-tîr'ē-əl)