external iliac artery

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ex·ter·nal il·i·ac ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, as terminal branch (with internal iliac artery of common iliac; branches, inferior epigastric, deep circumflex iliac; becomes the femoral at the inguinal ligament.
Synonym(s): arteria iliaca externa [TA]

external iliac artery

the larger, more superficial division of the common iliac artery, which descends into the thigh and becomes the femoral artery. The external iliac supplies the lower limb. Compare internal iliac artery.

external iliac artery

One of the two end branches of the common iliac artery; it runs, retroperitoneally, along the linea terminalis of the pelvis. Its branches include the inferior epigastric artery and the deep circumflex iliac artery.
See: aorta (Branches of aorta) for illus.
See also: artery