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Medical Term:

carotid sheath


Definition: the dense fibrous investment of the carotid artery, internal jugular vein, and vagus nerve on each side of the neck, deep to the sternocleidomastoid muscle; the layers of cervical fascia blend with it.

Synonym(s): vagina caroticaTA

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