occipital artery

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oc·cip·i·tal ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, external carotid; branches, sternocleidomastoid, meningeal, auricular, occipital, mastoid, and descending.
Synonym(s): arteria occipitalis [TA]

occipital artery

one of a pair of tortuous branches from the external carotid arteries that divides into six branches and supplies parts of the head and scalp. Each terminal part at the vertex of the skull is accompanied by the greater occipital nerve.

oc·cip·i·tal ar·te·ry

(ok-sip'i-tăl ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, external carotid; branches, sternocleidomastoid, meningeal, auricular, occipital, mastoid, and descending.
Synonym(s): arteria occipitalis [TA] .

occipital artery

An end branch of the external carotid artery; it runs up the back of the scalp and supplies blood to the sternocleidomastoid muscle, the meninges, and the scalp. Its branches include the sternocleidomastoid, meningeal, auricular, and mastoid arteries.
See also: artery
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