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Meaning of arteriotomy

ar•te•ri•ot•o•my

Pronunciation: (är-tēr"ē-ot'u-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  1. the incision or opening into the lumen of an artery for the removal of a clot, embolus, or the like, or, formerly, for bloodletting.
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