inferior mesenteric artery

(redirected from Mesenteric artery, inferior)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

in·fe·ri·or mes·en·ter·ic ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, at the L3 vertebral level as the third and smallest anterior visceral branch of the abdominal aorta; branches, left colic, sigmoid, superior rectal; anastomoses, middle colic and middle rectal.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

in·fe·ri·or mes·en·ter·ic ar·te·ry

(in-fēr'ē-ŏr mez'en-ter'ik ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, abdominal aorta; branches, left colic, sigmoid, superior rectal; anastomoses, middle colic and middle rectal.
Synonym(s): arteria mesenterica inferior.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

inferior mesenteric artery

The third unpaired midline artery that branches from the abdominal aorta; it originates 3 to 4 cm proximal to the aortic bifurcation. It supplies blood to the hindgut, i.e., the distal half of the transverse colon, the descending colon, the sigmoid colon, and the rectum. Its branches include the left colic, sigmoid, and superior rectal arteries.
See: aorta (Branches of aorta), circulation (Circulation of blood through heart and major vessels) for illus.
See also: artery
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners