short posterior ciliary artery
one of approximately seven branches of the ophthalmic artery that pass around the optic nerve to supply the eyeball. Dividing into some 15–20 branches, they penetrate the sclera adjacent to the optic nerve, supplying the choroid and ciliary processes. Anastomoses: with central retinal artery and long and anterior ciliary arteries (at the ora serrata).
Synonym(s): arteria ciliaris posterior brevisTA
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