|1.||either one of the two principal arteries that supply blood to the head and neck|
|2.||of or relating to either of these arteries|
|[C17: from French, from Greek karōtides, from karoun to stupefy; so named by Galen, because pressure on them produced unconsciousness]|
carotid ca·rot·id (kə-rŏt'ĭd)
Either of two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head. adj.
Relating to either of these arteries.