from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, like, or in an artery or arteries.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or being the blood in the arteries that has absorbed oxygen in the lungs and is bright red.
  • adjective Being a main road or channel with many branches.
  • noun A through road or street.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to an artery or to the arteries: as, arterial action.
  • Contained in an artery: as, arterial blood.
  • Having a main channel and many branches or ramifications, like the arteries: as, arterial drainage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to an artery, or the arteries
  • adjective Of or pertaining to a main channel (resembling an artery), as a river, canal, or railroad.
  • adjective blood which has been changed and vitalized (arterialized) during passage through the lungs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to an artery.
  • adjective Of or relating to a route, major.
  • noun A through road.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or involving or contained in the arteries


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