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rectal artery

noun

medical Definition of rectal artery

:any of three arteries supplying especially the rectum:
a :one arising from the internal pudendal artery and supplying the lower part of the rectum and the perineal region called also inferior hemorrhoidal artery, inferior rectal artery
b :one arising from the internal iliac artery and supplying the middle part of the rectum called also middle hemorrhoidal artery, middle rectal artery
c :one that is a continuation of the inferior mesenteric artery and that supplies the upper part of the rectum called also superior hemorrhoidal artery, superior rectal artery

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