left colic artery


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left col·ic ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, inferior mesenteric; distribution, descending colon and splenic flexure; anastomoses, middle colic, sigmoid.
Synonym(s): arteria colica sinistra [TA]

left col·ic ar·te·ry

(left kol'ik ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, inferior mesenteric; distribution, descending colon and splenic flexure; anastomoses, middle colic, sigmoid.
Synonym(s): arteria colica sinistra.

left colic artery

An upper branch of the inferior mesenteric artery; it runs to the left, it supplies blood to the descending colon, and it anastomoses with the middle colic artery and the upper sigmoid artery.
See also: artery
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Concerning the caudal mesenteric artery, which bifurcates into a left colic artery and a cranial rectal artery, the findings by Barone et al.; Orsi et al.; Habel & Stromberg and Nayar et al., respectively, in rabbit, hamster and rat are confirmed.
The left colic artery is the first branch of the inferior mesenteric artery.
These branches anastomose superiorly with the branches from the left colic artery and inferiorly with the branches from superior rectal artery.