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mesenteric artery

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An artery with its origin in the aorta, with branches to the left colic, sigmoid, and superior rectal arteries; inferior mesenteric artery.
An artery with its origin in the aorta, with branches to the inferior pancreaticoduodenal, jejunal, ileal, ileocolic, appendicular, right colic, and middle colic arteries; superior mesenteric artery.

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