musculophrenic artery

[ mŭs′kyə-lō-frĕnĭk ]

n.

An artery with its origin in the lateral terminal branch of the internal thoracic artery, with distribution to the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles, and with anastomoses to the branches of the pericardiacophrenic and inferior phrenic.

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