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com·mon ca·rot·id ar·ter·y[TA]
origin, right from brachiocephalic, left from arch of aorta; runs superiorly in the neck and divides opposite upper border of thyroid cartilage (C-4 vertebral level) into terminal branches, external and internal carotid.
Synonym(s): arteria carotis communis [TA]
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The four principal arteries of the neck and head. There are two common carotid arteries, each of which divides into the two main branches (internal and external).
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