aorta (ay-OR-tah): The aorta is the major blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

    Two diagrams show the position of the heart in the body and a close-up of a healthy heart. Blood flows unrestricted from the heart through the aorta and on to the body.

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