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posterior auricular artery


Definition: origin: posterior aspect of external carotid just above the digastric muscle; course: ascends first between parotid gland and styloid process then between cartilage of auricle and the mastoid process; branches: muscular (digastric, stylohyoid and sternocleidomastoid), glandular (parotid), stylomastoid artery, occipital and auricular; anastomoses: anterior tympanic artery (via the stylomastoid artery) and occipital artery.

Synonym(s): arteria auricularis posteriorTA

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