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arteriole (n.)

"small artery," by 1808, from Modern Latin arteriola, diminutive of arteria "an artery" (see artery).

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Definitions of arteriole from WordNet

arteriole (n.)
one of the small thin-walled arteries that end in capillaries;
Synonyms: arteriola / capillary artery
From wordnet.princeton.edu