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Any of the muscular elastic tubes that form a branching system and that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.

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Anatomy; Arteries

A structure that has the pattern of a net. Capillaries form networks throughout the body.


Anatomy; Arteries

Main and greatest artery of the body, begins at the heart directly after the aortic valve and takes the blood of the left ventricle to the body.

intercostal arteries

Anatomy; Arteries

The intercostal arteries are a group of arteries that supply the area between the ribs ("costae"), called the intercostal space.

superior mesenteric artery

Anatomy; Arteries

In human anatomy, the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) arises from the anterior surface of the abdominal aorta, just inferior to the origin of the celiac trunk, and supplies the intestine from the ...

renal artery

Anatomy; Arteries

The renal arteries normally arise off the side of the abdominal aorta, immediately below the superior mesenteric artery, and supply the kidneys with blood. Each is directed across the crus of the ...

inferior mesenteric artery

Anatomy; Arteries

In human anatomy, the inferior mesenteric artery, often abbreviated as IMA, supplies the large intestine from the left colic (or splenic) flexure to the upper part of the rectum, which includes the ...

testicularis artery

Anatomy; Arteries

The testicular artery (the male gonadal artery, also called the internal spermatic arteries in older texts) is a branch of the abdominal aorta that supplies blood to the testis. It is a paired ...

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