Meaning of ARTERIAL in English


I. (ˈ)är|tirēəl, (ˈ)ȧ|-, -tēr- adjective

Etymology: Middle French arterial, arteriel, from (assumed) Medieval Latin arterialis, from Latin arteria + -alis -al


a. : of or relating to an artery or arteries

the arterial system

b. : relating to the bright red blood present in most arteries and a few veins that has been oxygenated and arterialized during passage through lungs or gills — compare pulmonary vein , venous

2. : of, relating to, or constituting through-traffic facilities

newly widened arterial avenues — Duncan Aikman

its tributaries form the arterial system of the continent — W.W.Huggett

• ar·te·ri·al·ly -rēəlē, -li adverb

II. noun

( -s )

: a through street or arterial highway

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.