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arterial

[ahr-teer-ee-uh l] /ɑrˈtɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
Physiology. pertaining to the blood in the pulmonary vein, in the left side of the heart, and in most arteries, having been oxygenated during its passage through the lungs and being normally bright red.
2.
Anatomy. of, pertaining to, or resembling the arteries.
3.
being or constituting a main route, channel, or other course of flow or access, often with many branches:
an arterial highway; an arterial drainage system.
noun
4.
a main route, channel, or other course of flow or access:
funds to resurface the main arterials of the city.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin artēriālis. See artery, -al1
Related forms
arterially, adverb
nonarterial, adjective
postarterial, adjective
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arterial

/ɑːˈtɪərɪəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
arterially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for post arterial
arterial
1540s, from Fr. artérial (Mod.Fr. artériel), from L. arteria; see artery.
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post arterial in Medicine

arterial ar·te·ri·al (är-tēr'ē-əl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to one or more arteries or to the entire system of arteries.

  2. Of, relating to, or being the bright red oxygenated blood in the arteries.


ar·te'ri·al·ly adv.
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