Internal carotid artery

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Internal carotid artery

(Science: anatomy, artery) arises from the common carotid opposite upper border of thyroid cartilage (C-4 vertebral level) and terminates in the middle cranial fossa by dividing into the anterior and middle cerebral arteries; for descriptive purposes it is divided into four parts: cervical, petrous, cavernous, and cerebral.

Synonym: arteria carotis interna.