An arterial blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body is an example of an aorta.
Tracing their battles, I had many occasions to walk along Second Avenue, the aorta of the Lower East Side, exploring places that were once as vibrant and tumultuous as Midtown Manhattan.
Other Word Forms
Origin of aorta
- New Latin from Greek āortē from āeirein to lift wer-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek ἀορτή (aortē, “the arteries springing from the heart”), from ἀορτέω (aorteō), lengthened form of ἀείρω (aeirō, “I lift, raise”)