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Uterine artery

Uterine artery
Arteries of the female reproductive tract: uterine artery, ovarian artery and vaginal arteries. (Uterine artery labeled at center.)
Vessels of the uterus and its appendages, rear view. (Uterine artery labeled at center right.)
Details
Latin arteria uterina
Supplies round ligament of the uterus, ovary, uterus, vagina, uterine tube
Source
internal iliac artery (i.e. hypogastric artery)
uterine veins
Identifiers
Gray's p.615
Dorlands
/Elsevier
a_61/12156490
Anatomical terminology

The uterine artery is an artery that supplies blood to the uterus in females.

Structure

The uterine artery usually arises from the anterior division of the internal iliac artery. It travels to the uterus, crossing the ureter anteriorly, reaching the uterus by traveling in the cardinal ligament.

Uterine artery

It travels through the parametrium of the inferior broad ligament of the uterus.

It commonly anastomoses (connects with) the ovarian artery.

The uterine artery is the major blood supply to the uterus and enlarges significantly during pregnancy.

Branches and organs supplied

Additional images

See also

External links

  • Anatomy photo:43:13-0204 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The Female Pelvis: Branches of Internal Iliac Artery"
  • Uterine+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
  • pelvis at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) ()


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