Definition of coarct in English:


Line breaks: co¦arct
Pronunciation: /kəʊˈɑːkt


[with object] rare , chiefly Anatomy & Biology
  • Compress or constrict; press together: blood pressure was measured immediately before and after coarcting the aorta
    More example sentences
    • At the moment of striking exhale sharply the air of about one third of total lung capacity, coarcting the throat and pressing the tongue against the hard palate.
    • We coarcted the abdominal aorta upstream to the renal arteries.
    • The entire retina was detached and coarcted.


late Middle English: from Latin coarctare 'to press or draw together'.

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