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plantar artery

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An artery that is the larger of two branches of the posterior tibial artery, forms the plantar arch and supplies the sole and the plantar surfaces of the toes; with anastomoses to the medial plantar artery and the dorsal artery of the foot; lateral plantar artery.
An artery that is a branch of the posterior tibial artery, with distribution to the medial side of the sole, and with anastomoses to the dorsal artery of the foot and the lateral plantar artery; medial plantar artery.

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