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communicating artery com·mu·ni·cat·ing artery (kə-myōō'nĭ-kā'tĭng)
An artery that connects two larger arteries.
A short artery joining the two anterior cerebral arteries and completing anteriorly the circle of Willis; anterior communicating artery.
An artery with origin in the internal carotid artery, with distribution to the optic tract, cerebral peduncle, and hippocampal gyrus; and with anastomoses with the posterior cerebral artery to form the circle of Willis; posterior communicating artery.