inferior epigastric artery
Definition: origin, external iliac; branches, cremasteric, muscular and pubic; anastomoses, superior epigastric, obturator. With overlying peritoneum, forms lateral umbilical ligament and forms a basis for distinguishing types of inguinal herniae: direct hernias pass medial to the artery; indirect hernias pass laterally.
Synonym(s): arteria epigastrica inferiorTA, deep epigastric artery
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