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principal veins and arteries click to hear : principal veins and arteries

Arteries distribute oxygenated blood throughout the body, while veins carry deoxygenated blood to the heart. Pulmonary arteries and veins function differently.
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internal iliac artery superior vena cava great saphenous vein abdominal aorta femoral vein superior mesenteric artery renal artery renal vein pulmonary artery basilic vein cephalic vein arch of aorta axillary vein subclavian vein external jugular vein internal jugular vein arch of foot artery dorsalis pedis artery anterior tibial artery femoral artery common iliac artery superior mesenteric vein inferior vena cava pulmonary vein brachial artery axillary artery subclavian artery common carotid artery

internal iliac artery click to hear : internal iliac artery

Branch of the common iliac artery flowing to the pelvis, the genital organs and the inner thigh.

superior vena cava click to hear : superior vena cava

Vein carrying deoxygenated blood from the upper body (above the diaphragm) back to the right atrium.

great saphenous vein click to hear : great saphenous vein

Superficial vein collecting blood from the inner leg and thigh and receiving blood from certain veins of the foot; it is the longest vein in the body.

abdominal aorta click to hear : abdominal aorta

Fourth segment of the aorta circulating to all the organs and to the walls of the abdomen; it branches into the common iliac arteries.

femoral vein click to hear : femoral vein

Vein collecting blood from the deep structures of the thighs and receives blood from the great saphenous vein, among others.

superior mesenteric artery click to hear : superior mesenteric artery

Branch of the abdominal aorta that supplies blood to the ascending colon and half of the transverse colon.

renal artery click to hear : renal artery

Branch of the abdominal aorta circulating blood to the kidney.

renal vein click to hear : renal vein

Large vein collecting blood from the kidney; it flows into the inferior vena cava.

pulmonary artery click to hear : pulmonary artery

Artery carrying blood that is poor in oxygen and rich in carbon dioxide to the lungs; it is the only artery that transports oxygen-poor blood.

basilic vein click to hear : basilic vein

Large superficial vein of the inner surface of the arm; it connects to the humeral vein in the armpit to form the axillary vein.

cephalic vein click to hear : cephalic vein

Superficial vein of the outer arm emptying into the axillary vein; it also receives blood from the superficial veins of the shoulder.

arch of aorta click to hear : arch of aorta

Second segment of the aorta, which branches into the arteries flowing to the head and upper limbs; with the ascending aorta, it forms the arch of the aorta.

axillary vein click to hear : axillary vein

Deep vein running through the hollow of the armpit and ending at the subclavian vein; it receives the flow of the shoulder and thorax veins, among others.

subclavian vein click to hear : subclavian vein

Vein collecting blood from the arm and part of the neck and face; it passes beneath the clavicle and receives the flow of the external jugular vein, among others.

external jugular vein click to hear : external jugular vein

Vein carrying blood from the cranial walls, deep regions of the face and outer walls of the neck to the subclavian vein.

internal jugular vein click to hear : internal jugular vein

Vein collecting blood from the encephalon and from one portion of the face and neck; it is the largest vein in the neck.

arch of foot artery click to hear : arch of foot artery

Continuation of the dorsalis pedis artery; it divides into the arteries of the metatarsus.

dorsalis pedis artery click to hear : dorsalis pedis artery

Artery flowing to the ankle and the back of the foot.

anterior tibial artery click to hear : anterior tibial artery

Artery running along the front of the leg and supplying blood to the extensor muscles; it extends through the dorsal artery of the foot.

femoral artery click to hear : femoral artery

Main artery of the lower limb; it is a continuation of the external iliac artery and runs along the femur.

common iliac artery click to hear : common iliac artery

Branch of the abdominal aorta that circulates blood to the pelvis and the lower limbs; it divides into the internal and external iliac arteries.

superior mesenteric vein click to hear : superior mesenteric vein

Vein collecting blood from a section of the intestine (small intestine, right colon); it is one of the veins that flows into the portal vein.

inferior vena cava click to hear : inferior vena cava

Vein carrying blood deoxygenated in the lower portion of the body (below the diaphragm) to the right atrium; it is the largest vein in the organism.

pulmonary vein click to hear : pulmonary vein

Vein that returns blood to the heart after it has been oxygenated in the lungs; unlike other veins, the pulmonary veins carry oxygen-rich blood.

brachial artery click to hear : brachial artery

Artery flowing along the humerus and supplying the flexor muscles of the arm; it divides into the radial and ulnar arteries at the bend in the elbow.

axillary artery click to hear : axillary artery

Artery crossing the hollow of the armpit and extending through the brachial artery; it also circulates through the thoracic wall and the shoulder.

subclavian artery click to hear : subclavian artery

Main artery of the upper limb passing through the clavicle and extending through the axillary artery; it also flows to the lower section of the neck.

common carotid artery click to hear : common carotid artery

Branch of the aorta flowing to the head and upper portion of the neck; it is divided into internal and external carotid arteries.