segmental medullary arteries

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segmental medullary arteries

[TA]
a large caliber spinal or radicular artery that courses centrally along the posterior or anterior root of a spinal nerve, supplying it and the surrounding meninges in the fashion of any spinal/radicular artery, but then continues on to reach and anastomose with the anterior or posterior (longitudinal) spinal artery. Only 4-9 of the spinal or radicular arteries are medullary spinal arteries, found mainly in the lower cervical, lower thoracic, and upper lumbar levels, the largest of which is the segmental medullary artery.
See also: great segmental medullary artery, spinal arteries, (anterior and posterior) radicular arteries.

seg·men·tal med·ul·lar·y ar·te·ries

(seg-men'tăl mĕ-dŭl'ăr-ē ahr'tĕr-ēz) [TA]
Large-caliber spinal or radicular arteries that course centrally along dorsal or ventral roots, supplying them and the surrounding meninges; continue on to reach and anastomose with anterior or posterior (longitudinal) spinal arteries. Only 4-9 of the spinal arteries are medullary spinal arteries, found mainly in the lower cervical, lower thoracic, and upper lumbar levels, the largest of which is the segmental medullary artery.
Synonym(s): arteriae medullares segmentales [TA] , medullary spinal arteries.
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