femoral artery

noun Anatomy.
the main artery of the thigh, supplying blood to the leg.

Origin:
1775–85

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femoral artery n.

  1. An artery with origin at the continuation of the external iliac artery, with branches to the pudendal, epigastric, circumflex iliac arteries, the deep artery of the thigh, and the descending genicular artery, and terminating in the popliteal artery.

  2. See deep artery of thigh.

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Your doctor will make a small surgical cut near the groin, to find the femoral artery.
Through a tiny incision in the groin, a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery and then into the uterine artery.
It then descends upon the femoral artery, to which it is finally distributed.
The medial is less marked, especially at its upper part, where it is crossed by the femoral artery.
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