carotid artery

(kuh-RAH-tid AR-tuh-ree)

A major artery that carries blood from the heart to the head. There is a carotid artery on each side of the neck, and each one splits into two branches. The interior branch carries blood to the brain and eyes, and the exterior branch carries blood to the face, tongue, and outside parts of the head.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "carotid artery"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "arteria carótida"

Arteria principal que lleva la sangre del corazón a la cabeza. Hay una arteria carótida en cada lado del cuello, y cada una se divide en dos ramas. La rama interior lleva la sangre al cerebro y los ojos, y la rama exterior lleva la sangre a la cara, la lengua y las partes externas de la cabeza.