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dorsalis pedis artery

noun dorsalis pe·dis artery \ -ˈped-əs-, -ˈpēd- \
variants: or dorsalis pedis

medical Definition of dorsalis pedis artery

: an artery of the upper surface of the foot that is a direct continuation of the anterior tibial artery
  • The dorsalis pedis artery runs along the line between the first and second toe, and its pulse point is felt in the mid-foot.
  • —Pamela TronettiFlorida Today29 Nov. 2009
  • In subjects with a good blood supply to the foot, the arcuate artery, a continuation of the dorsalis pedis on the dorsum of the metacarpals, can be palpated.
  • —Derek Field and Jane Owen HutchinsonField's Anatomy, Palpation, and Surface Markings2006

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