from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of the two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head.
- adj. Of or relating to either of these arteries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a number of major arteries in the head and neck.
- adj. Relating to these arteries
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the two main arteries of the neck, by which blood is conveyed from the aorta to the head. [See Illust. of aorta.]
- adj. Pertaining to, or near, the carotids or one of them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal artery of the neck of the higher vertebrates.
- Of or pertaining to the two great arteries of the neck: as, the carotid canal. Also carotic.
- The large deep petrosal nerve.
- The sympathetic nerve running up along the internal carotid artery from the first cervical ganglion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to either of the two major arteries supplying blood to the head and neck
French carotide, from Greek karōtides, carotid arteries, from karoun, to stupefy (because compression of these arteries causes loss of consciousness).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)