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Either of the two major arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood to the head.
Of or relating to either of these arteries.

[French carotide, from Greek karōtides, carotid arteries, from karoun, to stupefy (because compression of these arteries causes loss of consciousness); see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
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(kəˈrɒtɪd) or

carotid artery

(Anatomy) either one of the two principal arteries that supply blood to the head and neck
(Anatomy) of or relating to either of these arteries
[C17: from French, from Greek karōtides, from karoun to stupefy; so named by Galen, because pressure on them produced unconsciousness]
caˈrotidal adj
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(kəˈrɒt ɪd)

1. Also called carot′id ar`tery. either of two large arteries, one on each side of the neck, that carry blood from the aorta to the head.
2. pertaining to a carotid artery.
[1660–70; < Greek karōtídes neck arteries]
ca•rot′id•al, adj.
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Adj.1.carotid - of or relating to either of the two major arteries supplying blood to the head and neck
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[kəˈrɒtɪd] N (also carotid artery) → carótida f
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carotid (artery)

nHalsschlagader f, → Karotide f (spec)
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n. carótida, arteria una de las dos arterias del cuello;
___ arteriesarterias ___ -s;
___ sinusseno de la ___;
___ sinus syncopesíncope del seno de la ___.
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adj carotideo, (artery) carótido
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References in periodicals archive ?
Carotid body tumors (CBT) are rare tumor originating from carotid body.
Surgical treatment of the carotid body tumor: a 30-year experience.
The presence of a pulsatile anterior neck mass leads to suspicion of vascular anomalies like arteriovenous (AV) fistula, aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, and carotid body tumors. (1) A thorough history should be taken from patients presenting with a pulsatile neck mass, for example, AV fistula are commonly caused by trauma or medical procedures (2,3) and pseudoaneurysms mostly appear following an arterial catheterization.
To the Editor: Carotid body tumor (CBT) is a highly vascular neoplasm of neural crest origin arising in paraganglial cells of the carotid bifurcation.
A CT scan demonstrated a right-sided 2 cm mass located between the external and internal carotid arteries that enhanced with contrast and caused splaying of the carotid bifurcation, suggesting a carotid body tumor (Figure A).
Carotid body tumor (CBT), first described by von Luschka, 1862 is a rare lesion of the neuroendocrine system.
Diagnosis and treatment of carotid body tumors. Pak J Med Sci 2011;27(4):797-801
A 47 years old woman was found to have a carotid body tumor in an angiographic study (Figure 2a).
Immunohistochemical characteristics of canine aortic and carotid body tumors. Journal of Veterinary Medicine.
It is demonstrated that chronic exposure to hypoxia is responsible of a compensatory hypertrophy of carotid body and some studies have shown that long exposure to high altitudes appears to be correlated with a 10-fold higher incidence of carotid body tumors but no increase in the incidence of paragangliomas located in other sites has been reported.
The differential diagnosis, especially in the head and neck region, should include other benign lesions such as pleomorphic adenomas, Warthin tumor, schwannoma, carotid body tumors, and inflammatory lymphadenectasis; but malignant tumors such as lymphoma, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, and metastatic lymph node should also be considered.
INTRODUCTION: Carotid body tumors (CBT) are distinctly uncommon hypervascular neck tumors.