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

  • transitive verb To convert (venous blood) into bright red arterial blood by absorption of oxygen in the lungs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert (venous blood) into arterial blood by the action of oxygen in the lungs. Also spelled arterialise.

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

  • transitive verb To transform, as the venous blood, into arterial blood by exposure to oxygen in the lungs; to make arterial.

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

  • verb physiology To convert venous blood into arterial blood (by the absorption of oxygen in the lungs)

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

  • verb change venous blood into arterial blood


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  • My observation leads me to the contrary, that the higher the temperature the more rapid the breathing to get clear of the excess of carbon, and hence more oxygenation of the blood which will arterialize the venous blood, unless there is a large amount of carbonized matter from the tissues to be taken up.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881


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