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Pronunciation: ar′ter-ē

Definition: A relatively thick-walled, muscular, pulsating blood vessel conveying blood away from the heart. With the exception of the pulmonary and umbilical arteries, the arteries contain red or oxygenated blood. At the major arteries, the arterial branches are listed separately following the designation branches.

Synonym(s): arteriaTA

[L. arteria, fr. G. artēria]

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