superior intercostal artery


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su·preme in·ter·cos·tal ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, costocervical trunk; distribution, structures of first and second intercostal spaces via its terminal branches, posterior intercostal arteries 1 and 2; anastomoses, anterior intercostal branches of internal thoracic.

su·preme in·ter·cos·tal ar·te·ry

(sŭ-prēm' in'tĕr-kos'tăl ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, costocervical trunk; distribution, structures of first and second intercostal spaces through its terminal branches, posterior intercostal arteries 1 and 2; anastomoses, anterior intercostal branches of internal thoracic.
Synonym(s): arteria intercostalis suprema, highest intercostal artery, superior intercostal artery.

superior intercostal artery

A branch of the costocervical trunk (from the subclavian artery) that divides to form the intercostal arteries that run in the first two intercostal spaces.
See also: artery
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