nutrient artery

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a vessel through which the blood passes away from the heart to various parts of the body. The wall of an artery consists typically of an outer coat (tunica adventitia), a middle coat (tunica media), and an inner coat (tunica intima).
 Representation of arterial coats: A, tunica intima; B, internal elastic lamina; C, tunica media; D, external elastic lamina; E, tunica externa. From Dorland's, 2000.
For names of specific arteries, see anatomic Table of Arteries in Appendices. See also Plate 8.
end artery one that undergoes progressive branching without development of channels connecting with other arteries.
nutrient artery any artery that supplies the marrow, or medulla, of a long bone.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

nu·tri·ent ar·ter·y

an artery of variable origin that supplies the medullary cavity of a long bone.
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nu·tri·ent ar·te·ry

(nū'trē-ĕnt ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
An artery of variable origin that supplies the medullary cavity of a long bone.
Synonym(s): arteria nutricia [TA] , nutrient vessel.
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The nutrient artery runs away from the growing end as the growing bone might pull and rupture the artery.
In the pelvis it supplies piriformis and obturator internus muscles and a nutrient artery to the ilium.