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Any of the muscular elastic tubes that form a branching system and that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.

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Ventricular fibrillation

Anatomy; Allergies and allergens

An erratic, disorganised firing of impulses from the ventricles. The ventricles quiver and are unable to contract or pump blood to the body. This is a medical emergency that must be treated with ...


Anatomy; Arteries

A structure that has the pattern of a net. Capillaries form networks throughout the body.

Malpighian corpuscle

Anatomy; Arteries

A mass of arterial capillaries enveloped in a capsule and attached to a tubule in the kidney. Also called Malpighian body or renal corpuscle.


Anatomy; Arteries

Main and greatest artery of the body, begins at the heart directly after the aortic valve and takes the blood of the left ventricle to the body.

Temporal artery

Anatomy; Arteries

Any one of three arteries on each side of the head: the superficial temporal artery, the middle temporal artery, and the deep temporal artery. An artery with origin in the superficial temporal ...

Descending branch of the femoral circumflex artery

Anatomy; Arteries

The descending branch of lateral circumflex femoral artery runs downward, behind the rectus femoris, upon the vastus lateralis, to which it gives offsets; one long branch descends in the muscle as ...

Deep palmar arches

Anatomy; Arteries

The deep palmar arch (deep volar arch) is an arterial network found in the palm. It is usually formed mainly from the terminal part of the radial artery, with the ulnar artery contributing via its ...

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