One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the two main arteries which carry blood to the head and neck, and their two main branches.
- ‘The main concern about carotid angioplasty is the risk of stroke at the time of the procedure.’
- ‘It is intended for treating carotid artery disease in high-risk patients.’
- ‘Blood was obtained by carotid artery laceration.’
- ‘As he buttoned up his shirt, I noticed the scar on his neck from previous carotid surgery.’
- ‘Hypothermia may render the carotid pulse impalpable, but it is important not to start chest compression without evidence of cardiac arrest.’
- ‘Others have reported that increases in carotid artery diameter are associated with cardiovascular risk factors.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When I arrived at the hospital a patient was already anaesthetised, waiting for me to carry out a carotid angiogram to help diagnose a mass in the neck.’
- ‘The reported cause of death was acute cardiorespiratory arrest as a result of carotid control hold of neck.’
- ‘Previous studies showed that carotid artery dilatation is a compensatory mechanism in early stages of atherosclerosis.’
- ‘Third, the angle of the needle as depicted increases the risk of carotid artery injury.’
- ‘In cases of absence of the internal carotid artery, the carotid canal may also be absent.’
- ‘A clinical diagnosis of carotid artery dissection was made.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the carotid pulsations in the neck can easily be confused with jugular pulsations.’
- ‘People with lower levels of lutein present in their blood, however, did experience carotid artery thickening.’
Each of the two main arteries that carry blood to the head and neck.
- ‘From the aorta these bubbles would have gone straight up the carotids to her brain.’
- ‘Strangles place direct pressure on both the carotid and vertebral arteries.’
- ‘The patients were also given an ultrasound scan of their carotid arteries.’
- ‘The transverse facial artery may arise directly from the external carotid artery.’
- ‘You can check your pulse over your carotid or radial artery.’
- ‘She laughed as she jammed a thumb into his carotid and he went limp in her hands.’
- ‘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.’
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).
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