|—n , pl -teries|
|1.||pulmonary artery Compare vein any of the tubular thick-walled muscular vessels that convey oxygenated blood from the heart to various parts of the body|
|2.||a major road or means of communication in any complex system|
|[C14: from Latin artēria, related to Greek aortē the great artery, |
artery ar·ter·y (är'tə-rē)
Any of a branching system of muscular, elastic blood vessels that, except for the pulmonary and umbilical arteries, carry aerated blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
|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)