subclavian artery

noun Anatomy.

either of a pair of arteries, one on each side of the body, that carry the main supply of blood to the arms.

Nearby words

  1. subclass,
  2. subclassify,
  3. subclavate,
  4. subclavian,
  5. subclavian ansa,
  6. subclavian muscle,
  7. subclavian nerve,
  8. subclavian steal,
  9. subclavian steal syndrome,
  10. subclavian triangle

Origin of subclavian artery

First recorded in 1680–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for subclavian artery

subclavian artery


An artery originating on the left from the aortic arch and on the right from the brachiocephalic artery with branches to the vertebral artery, the thyrocervical trunk, the internal thoracic artery, the costocervical trunk, and the descending scapular artery, and directly continuous with the axillary artery.

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