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  • He suffered a rupture of the aorta.
  • Blamed on bad shellfish, elusive viruses, or an overlooked weakness in the aorta.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Aneurisms, for instance; how else could they ever defend him in time against an aneurism of the aorta?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • ) "The aorta of a whale is larger in the bore than the main pipe of the water-works at London Bridge, and the water roaring in its passage through that pipe is inferior in impetus and velocity to the blood gushing from the whale’s heart."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • For example, syphilis causes an inflammation of the aorta, a very specific, peculiar reaction.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Sutures—stitches—get sewn into the aorta, the superior vena cava, and the inferior vena cava.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Three quick breaths triggered the responses: he fell into the floating awareness …. focusing the consciousness …. aortal dilation …. avoiding the unfocused mechanism of consciousness …. to be conscious by choice …. blood enriched and swift-flooding the overload regions …. one does not obtain food-safety-freedom by instinct alone …. animal consciousness does not extend beyond the given moment nor into the idea that its victims may become extinct …. the animal destroys and does not…
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The first was a warning shot, the second was deliberately aimed but missed the man—no easy matter since the distance was less than ten feet—and the third shot hit him in the middle of his chest, severing the aorta.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • On the day he removed the bowel to expose the aorta and kidneys, he saw her womb.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Their hearts thudded, they could feel the blood massing in their aortas, and they were as tense as crickets.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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  • He had suffered for a long time from a constriction of the aorta, and, as he was poor, Rieux had charged no fee.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Looking back at Bruce Lee’s trawler, he sees that the dark wavelike phenomenon was a wave of blood, as though someone hosed down the deck with a giant severed aorta.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • When Hema finally delivered the uterus, clamps and all, into a basin, she saw no pulsations in the abdominal aorta.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But she stifled a sob now as she waited, her right hand buried in Sister Mary Joseph Praise’s abdomen, palm down, just over the spine, waiting for a throb in the aorta, a slap to register in her fingers.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I learned to recognize the slow, heaving, plateaulike pulse of a narrowed aortic valve.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It drains blue blood from the two cava, and returns red blood through the cannula in the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • I skipped over the part about how her heart would be removed: the inferior and superior vena cava divided, then the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Then the inferior vena cava, then the superior vena cava, then the pulmonary artery, and finally, the aorta.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The hepatic artery brings oxygen-rich blood to the liver from the heart via the aorta.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • If there was a bleed from a torn aorta or its branches, then this back wall of the abdomen—the retroperitoneum—would have shown a big ugly swelling, a hematoma.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When all the connections are set, the cross clamp on your aorta is removed, warm blood starts flowing into the coronaries, and …. Wait, let me guess: the heart starts beating.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • "Demisse’s heart shoots blood out into the aorta.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "BFO" was Big Fucking Operation, and "Triple A" was Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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