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Aorta

Synonym(s)

  • trunk of aortic tree
  • trunk of systemic arterial tree

Definition(s)

The large arterial trunk that carries blood from the heart to be distributed by branch arteries through the body.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

The largest artery in the body. It carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to vessels that reach the rest of the body.

Definition from:  National Cancer Institute dictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: July 28, 2014