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Medical Term:

central retinal artery


Definition: a branch of the ophthalmic artery that penetrates the optic nerve 1 cm behind the eye (extraocular part) to enter the eye (intraocular part of artery) at the optic papilla in the retina; it divides into superior and inferior temporal and nasal arterioles.

Synonym(s): arteria centralis retinaeTA, arteria retinae centralis, central artery of retina, Zinn artery

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