pericardiacophrenic artery

[ pĕr′ĭ-kär-dī′ə-kō-frĕnĭk ]


An artery with its origin in the internal thoracic artery, with distribution to the pericardium, diaphragm, and pleura; and with anastomoses to phrenic arteries and branches of the internal thoracic artery.
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