epigastric artery

n.

An artery with its origin in the external iliac artery and with cremasteric, muscular, and pubic branches; inferior epigastric artery.
An artery with origin in the femoral artery and with distribution to the inguinal glands and integument of the lower abdomen; superficial epigastric artery.
An artery with origin in the medial terminal branch of the internal thoracic artery and with distribution to the abdominal muscles and integument and the falciform ligament; superior epigastric artery.
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