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Medical Term:

external carotid artery


Definition: origin, common carotid at C-4 vertebral level; branches, superior thyroid, lingual, facial, occipital, posterior auricular, ascending pharyngeal, and terminal branches, maxillary and superficial temporal at level of neck of mandible.

Synonym(s): arteria carotis externaTA

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