transverse facial artery


An artery with origin in the superficial temporal artery, with distribution to the parotid gland, parotid duct, masseter muscle, and overlying skin; and with anastomoses to the infraorbital and buccal branches of the maxillary artery, and the buccal and masseteric branches of the facial artery.

Nearby words

  1. transverse axis,
  2. transverse cervical artery,
  3. transverse colon,
  4. transverse diameter,
  5. transverse dune,
  6. transverse facial fracture,
  7. transverse fascia,
  8. transverse fissure of cerebrum,
  9. transverse flute,
  10. transverse fold of rectum

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