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carotid Line breaks: ca|rotid
Pronunciation: /kəˈrɒtɪd/

Definition of carotid in English:


Relating to or denoting the two main arteries which carry blood to the head and neck, and their two main branches.
Example sentences
  • Blood was obtained by carotid artery laceration.
  • The catheter is inserted either at the front of the elbow, for investigation of the neck arteries (a carotid angiogram), or in the groin for a coronary angiogram.
  • As he buttoned up his shirt, I noticed the scar on his neck from previous carotid surgery.


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Each of the carotid arteries.
Example sentences
  • Palpation of the carotids, thyroid or abdominal organs was impossible.
  • The ancients knew that pressure on the carotids could put someone to ‘sleep’ sometimes permanently.
  • From the aorta these bubbles would have gone straight up the carotids to her brain.


Early 17th century: from French carotide or modern Latin carotides, from Greek karōtides, plural of karōtis 'drowsiness', from karoun 'stupefy' (because compression of these arteries was thought to cause stupor).

Words that rhyme with carotid

besotted, unspotted
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