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Definition of "artery" []

  • Anatomy Any of the muscular elastic tubes that form a branching system and that carry blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. (noun)
  • A major route of transportation into which local routes flow. See Synonyms at way. (noun)
  • Any of the tubular thick-walled muscular vessels that convey oxygenated blood from the heart to various parts of the body (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A major road or means of communication in any complex system (noun)

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Use "artery" in a sentence
  • "The chief artery conveying blood to the lungs is the _pulmonary artery_."
  • "_innominate_, as anatomists name a certain bone the _innominate bone_, and a certain artery the _innominate artery_."
  • "This latter point is critical to the DOT, since Atlantic Avenue is a main artery to downtown Brooklyn."