Definitions for vertebral artery
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word vertebral artery
vertebral artery, arteria vertebralis(noun)
the first branch of the subclavian artery; divided into four parts
The vertebral arteries are major arteries of the neck. They branch from the subclavian arteries and merge to form the single midline basilar artery in a complex called the vertebrobasilar system, which supplies blood to the posterior part of the circle of Willis and thus significant portions of the brain.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The first branch of the SUBCLAVIAN ARTERY with distribution to muscles of the NECK; VERTEBRAE; SPINAL CORD; CEREBELLUM; and interior of the CEREBRUM.
Find a translation for the vertebral artery definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these vertebral artery definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"vertebral artery." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 1 Oct. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/vertebral artery>.