Carotid meaning

kə-rŏt'ĭd
Either of the two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head.
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Of or relating to either of these arteries.
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Designating, of, or near either of the two principal arteries, one on each side of the neck, which convey the blood from the aorta to the head.
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A carotid artery.
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Either of the two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head.
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Relating to either of these arteries.
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(anatomy) Any of a number of major arteries in the head and neck.
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Relating to these arteries.
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Origin of carotid

  • French carotide from Greek karōtides carotid arteries from karoun to stupefy (because compression of these arteries causes loss of consciousness) ker-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin caros or Ancient Greek κάρος (karos, “sleep, stupor”). From the fact that the carotid artery supplies blood to the brain, and interruption of this flow causes loss of consciousness.
    From Wiktionary