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Definitions of CAROTIDS
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The great arteries of the neck, which carry blood to the head. They are divided into, 1. Primitive or common; the left of which arises from the aorta, and the right from a trunk, common to it and the subclavian. 2. External or pericephalâ€™ic, branch of the primitive, which extends from the last to the neck of the condyle of the lower jaw; and, 3. Internal, Arte'ria cerebra'lis vel encephal'ica, another branch of the primitive, which, arising at the same place as the external, enters the cranium, and terminates on a level with the fissure of Sylvius, dividing into several branches.
By Robley Dunglison