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Medical Term:

internal carotid artery

Definition

arises from the common carotid opposite upper border of thyroid cartilage (C4 vertebral level) and terminates in the middle cranial fossa by dividing into the anterior and middle cerebral arteries; for descriptive purposes, it is divided into four parts: cervical, petrous, cavernous, and cerebral.

Synonym(s): arteria carotis internaTA

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